I'm going to walk all my problems away.
Cheryl (Reese Witherspoon) recently ruined her marriage to Paul (Thomas Sadoski) by cheating on him and doing heroin, among other things. Disappointed that she's not the woman her late mother, Bobbi (Laura Dern) wanted her to be, she sets out to hike the Pacific Crest Trail alone to clear her head.
You know what's a good way to make a decent film a little less decent? Annoying people sitting next to you. That's what I had to deal with here. I sat next to a woman who was whispering to her husband throughout the entire film about which man was going to try to rape Cheryl. According to her, whenever a man hands a woman a drink, it's spiked. She even said "see, there it goes!" a few times during the film when she thought said rape was going to happen. Spoiler alert, there is no rape in this film. Go home and watch the Lifetime channel for that.
Back to the actual movie, I kind of expected it to be fairly slow given the premise and the heavy use of flashbacks, but it was paced very well. Witherspoon gives her best performance since Walk The Line. Is it Oscar worthy? Not really, but it's still a good performance. She carries the film easily. Sadoski is wonderful in his short scenes as well. I really want to see more of that guy now that The Newsroom is ended.
Wild exceeded my somewhat lukewarm expectations and turned out to be very enjoyable. Even with Twat McRapey talking through the whole thing.
Memorable Quote: "You just want to be the hero." - Cheryl (Reese Witherspoon)