Movie Review: Wild

 

wildThe movie Wild deserves a 9/10 if ten is amazing and zero is horrible. By far one of the best movies I have ever seen, you do not have to be a hiker or a recovering drug addict to enjoy this film. Though being a hiker or recovering from drugs probably would help with the appreciation of Wild, I would not suggest it. The first thing to mention when speaking of this movie is how beautiful the setting is. Having grown up in Northern California, I feel as though I have always had a deep appreciation for nature. Every time I see forests, valleys, snow, wildflowers, and sunrises through the lens of an expensive camera from a unique view, nature startles me with its beauty. The PCT, or Pacific Crest Trail, is described on Google “as a long-distance hiking and equestrian trail closely aligned with the highest portion of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges, which lie about 100 to 150 miles east of the U.S. Pacific coast.” The movie Wild is created based on the life of Cheryl Strayed, played by Reese Witherspoon, who decides to hike the Pacific Crest Trail with no true hiking experience to escape and confront the demons of her past. Without a doubt, this movie contains lots of demons. Her loving mother dies from cancer, a divorce with someone she got matching tattoos with, all contribute to self-destructive behavior. Yet, ten minutes into the film, you understand that there is nothing else for the woman who had no hiking experience, too small shoes, and a large backpack, but hike nature wilder than her past.

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