Wild: A Walk to Redemption

Wild: A Walk to Redemption


First off, I’m already biased for the movie, as I’m a total sucker for redemption movies (yes, like Shawshank Redemption).

Also, I’m a fan of trekking, backpacking and hiking, although I’ve never really been on such a lengthy trail like the Pacific Crest Trail. My years with the Boy Scouts, however, led me on some pretty great backpacking trips.

Wild is, in a nutshell, the true story of Cheryl Strayed. After the sudden loss of her mother to cancer, and the dissolution of her marriage, Cheryl falls on hard times with heroin addiction, promiscuity, a destructive mindset, and a general sense of lost hope.

She makes a sudden, desperate decision to hike 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, perhaps guided by a sense of part determination (to get her life back on track), part penance.

Official Trailer No. 1

Initial Reaction

My overall reaction to the movie was positive.

The critics at Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 90% rating. The audience score was 78% at the time of this writing.

I found the movie very good, entertaining and a good redemption movie. Character development was very good, with several back story scenes. Reese Witherspoon did a great acting job, as did Laura Dern as the mother.

My wife and I were thinking that another actress could’ve been better suited for the part, as the photos of the real Cheryl Strayed were posted during the end credits. Jennifer Lawrence came to mind.

My rating falls somewhere between the critics and the general audience. Perhaps on the lower end at 80%.

Having already known about the dreaded Pacific Crest Trail after reading about many experienced backpackers who have traversed its entire length of 2,663 miles, I was enthusiastic with finally seeing this movie. If anything, it helps promote this great hiking trail and promotes the beauty of the wilderness trails of America.

I’ll have to read the book now.

The Great Western Loop

The Pacific Crest Trail is only a part of the Great Western Loop. Professional backpacker and hiker, Andrew Skurka, has traversed the length of this incredible trail.

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Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

2 thoughts on “Wild: A Walk to Redemption

  • Tuesday May 5, 2015 at 9:17 am

    I finally saw the movie on the plane! Since Reese Witherspoon produced it, I’m sure she wouldn’t have picked a different actress to portray Strayed. 😉

    • Tuesday May 5, 2015 at 10:41 am

      Yep. I was aware that she produced it, as I saw a special clip about her producing it and it was kind of on a low budget.

      But, hypothetically speaking, my wife and I always play this game to think about who could’ve played the role better.

      And she was thinking Jennifer Lawrence, and I kind of agreed with her.

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