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Media 20: Wild – A Movie Review

Aaron Zagrodnick

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Aaron Zagrodnick

I thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail a while ago, so I was interested to view the film adaptation of the Cheryl Strayed book Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail to see how a long-distance hike was handled as a Hollywood movie. But “Wild” isn’t a hiking film; it’s more about a woman’s relationship with herself rather than her relationship with nature. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallèe, "Wild" follows Cheryl Strayed (played by Reese Witherspoon) on a 1,100 mile cathartic walk along the Pacific Crest Trail…

David Cobb reviews Wild, Issue 20:

Wild: A Film Review

The Pacific Crest Trail - Wild by Cheryl Strayed Movie Review

Issue 20 Page 1

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Really enjoyed this review! I totally agree with the perspective that the movie is about Strayed's personal growth/journey more than the trail. I was surprised you said a lot of it was filmed in Oregon; when I watched it, I felt like it was in Southern California most of the time... where were the volcanoes?! Toenail scene maybe in Northern California, though?

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