WILD date night may get you excited about hiking the Pacific Coast Trail
I love the movies. I was raised watching everything from Cinderella and Casablanca to Aliens and the Never Ending Story. My dad was a film guy, so I was trained to critique a film, but also appreciate the silliness of the bad ones as I grew up. The first date I ever went on with my husband was to a film festival. I should have known he was the one for me on the spot when we talked for hours after the film ended just picking it apart frame by frame.
When a film comes along that highlights a specific part of the world, you better believe I’m going to add it to our list of movies to watch. I own horrible movies based on where they were shot (ex. Chasing Liberty), but I also own the great ones too.
I haven’t read the book (although it is now in my pile) and I haven’t gotten to see the movie yet (date night this weekend with hubby while the grandparents are in town to watch the boys!). What I do know is that this film, starring Reese Witherspoon, highlights the Pacific Crest Trail, a stunning and rugged trek through Washington, Oregon and California. The trail brings you through mostly national parks and protected wilderness. Civilization is far behind you. You may not see another person for days, which could drive you insane, or give you the quiet perspective you need to see your life as it is and where you want it to go.
Unlike other directors who would have used Hollywood sets, cheaper locations abroad or green screens, director Jean-Marc chose to shoot the film along the Pacific Crest Trail. He wanted to shoot 360 degrees of nature with the right angles so there was no cutting of the film too.
The Story of WILD
In case you have never heard of WILD, here is a quick synopsis from Amazon.com:
At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.
This book was so powerful that Oprah decided to relaunch her popular book club with it. As you can see it isn’t a happy, fluffy tale. However, it is true story of discovery and picking yourself back up when you think all is lost.
The WILD Movie
This film will not necessarily be an easy one to watch. It certainly isn’t a romantic comedy or sci-fi action flick. The cast, comprising of Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski, Michiel Huisman, Gaby Hoffmann and Kevin Rankin, may bring you to tears. Witherspoon, who plays author Cheryl Strayed, may have you screaming back at the screen to just stop. It IS rated R, so this is definitely an adults-only film. Grab a sitter and leave the little ones at home.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the film: In WILD, director Jean-Marc Vallée (DALLAS BUYERS CLUB), Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (WALK THE LINE) and Academy Award nominated screenwriter Nick Hornby (AN EDUCATION) bring bestselling author Cheryl Strayed’s extraordinary adventure to the screen. After years of reckless behavior, a heroin addiction and the destruction of her marriage, Strayed makes a rash decision. Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi (Academy Award nominee Laura Dern) and with absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own. WILD powerfully reveals her terrors and pleasures –as she forges ahead on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.
Do you need to read the book first? That’s up to you. I lived in Washington state and hiked in the Cascade mountains. I have a small inkling of the trails Strayed hiked and Witherspoon got to experience while making the film. I’ve seen the beauty that area can hold. I also know the perils that await from weather, mountains and animals that claim the Pacific Crest Trail as their own. I’m excited to go see the movie with my husband and read the book to see how it compares.
But enough about me! How are YOU going to get to see the movie?