Movie Review: Wild

Reese Witherspoon faces a big challenge in "Wild"

Reese Witherspoon faces a big challenge in “Wild”

Playing the most ambitious role of her career, Reese Witherspoon – hardly recognizable without the make-up – hits it out of the park in Wild. This is the true story of Cheryl Strayed hiking on the 1,100 Pacific Crest Trail all by herself with absolutely no experience. The reason why she is doing this is because she has dealt with the loss of her mother (Laura Dern), her divorce, and becoming self-destructive (in flashbacks). Along the way, she encounters other hikers who help her move on. While carrying about 65 pounds of stuff on her back, she ponders her past – both good and bad – which gives her a sense of freedom and self-discovery. Jean-Marc Vallée (director of last year’s Dallas Buyer Club) makes the audience feel like they are on the journey with Strayed, as we see her evolve prior to and during her hike. She’s learning about how to redeem herself and move on from the rough times he had to endure. With ravishing scenery, Wild is an emotional journey that would be discussed about for years to come.