Published September 2, 2023


Film info

  • Title Wild
  • Director Jean-Marc Vallée
  • Year 2014
  • Run time 1hr 55m
  • Genre Drama
  • Tagline Go above your nerve...

After years of reckless behaviour, Cheryl sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail, all on her own - an extraordinary journey of self-discovery and redemption.

Live blog

Time Comment
2:15 I mean, my first question is why you’re doing that on the cliff edge.
11:23 At least she has done some walking before. That’s a start.
13:17 Love the guest book at the start of the trail.
18:45 It is weird going to school with your mum!
26:31 Relying on the kindness of strangers is so hard.
34:01 Why didn’t I see the snake encounter coming?
41:08 This is not your regular walking trail!
42:38 “Come on Bruce, sing with me.” Yeah!
47:33 I need to know more about this boot exchange situation.
54:49 Hobo care package. This guy.
1:07:05 Yay, duct tape solves everything!
1:14:50 “This has the power to fill you up if you let it.”
1:28:19 …and massively drag you down too.
1:35:31 ONLY 300 miles.
1:40:41 Not to be a nerd but the bit they’re at now is just like the national park in the Sims 4.
1:50:46 Screenplay by Nick Hornby!


It’s hard for me to put a number score on this movie because it’s a quality production - beautifully made and telling the story well, dipping back and forth in time at exactly the right moments to let the story unfold alongside the absolute insanity of the coast trail. Reese Witherspoon is fantastic in both grieving hedonism and intense introspection, and Laura Dern as the mother is so adorable.

But there’s something about it that just didn’t grab me at all. It’s a sad movie, so hard to say it’s one to ’enjoy’ anyway, but I don’t know. Difficult to describe.

Rating: 2 / 5

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