starring Reese Witherspoon, Thomas Sadoski, Michiel Huisman, Laura Dern
screenplay by Nick Hornby, based on the novel by Cheryl Strayed
directed by Jean-Marc Vallée
by Walter Chaw Wild is exactly what you think it will be and is that for what feels like forever. It's the inspirational true story of smack-addicted party girl Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon), who, after reading a lot of well-known volumes of collected verse, cleans out an REI store and sets out to walk the PCT up the Western coast. And she likes Snapple. Yeah, it's a commercial about regaining white privilege after trying to give it away, complete with more rapey moments than expected. That's not fair: Cheryl doesn't so much give her privilege away as indulge in the perks of it to the point where a trio of hale, happy-go-lucky trail-bums dub her the "Queen of the PCT" for all the favours and special treatment she receives along the way. It also takes time for Cheryl to thank REI for being her most favouritist corporation ever for replacing her faulty boots, so that happened.