Wild is a movie about redemption, and adapted from the memoir of the same name from Geryl Strayed. A young woman takes a trek of 1,100 miles all suddenly, because she is
internally in pain. Her life has finally caught up to her and she does not know
what to do anymore – she needs an animalistic cure to her troubles, because
this cure makes her feel as if its somehow possible to get back on track of
things, and to finally recover what she lost. She becomes a woman on a mission
to attain a new hope, doused in the emotions of the hopelessness of her past,
which is inclusive of all that she lost.
The movie is rough in places as the woman takes a cross-country hike, and comes to
grapple with the many difficulties the journey poses infront of her – she
breaks a toenail and rips it out, as if she is totally immune from pain, wears
mountain boots and lives her life in constant flashbacks as she hikes up the
road to her new hopeful destination. This is a creative expression to recreate
yourself in a new avatar, and this adaptation brings to the fore a
thought-provoking tale about grief – one that has no end and makes her howl on
A sense of eerie danger presides through the entire film, especially
when you go near the spaces where it is obvious the woman is in intense grief
about something she longs for but cannot have. At precisely that moment, or
something linearly close to it, she becomes rough edged and a whole cinemascope
of her promiscuous lifestyle, her substance abuse problem, her marriage that
fell apart right infront of her eyes and she had absolutely no power or any
kind of control over it, descends upon you, and you feel powerless – that is the exact feeling, the film, wants you to experience – her powerlessness, coming out of the screens and drowning you in it.
The young woman wants to live through the entire sad episodes of her life out
loud, somehow, and attempts to save her life, through redemption, which is this
hike. The film draws to a close as the hike is over, but her personal
monologues keep running on – not a lot happens here, but the film can certainly
knock dangerously close to home, for many, with its plotlines.
Film rating: 6/10.