‘Wild’ is a remarkable journey to a new self (A)

December 12, 2014 8:06 AM

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‘Wild’ is a remarkable journey to a new self (A)

It’s not a uniquely American trait, but there’s something about the country and its hardscrabble origins that inspires rebirth and re-creation. We may not always get a second chance, but we always seem to be lighting out — for the city, for the wilderness — to wipe the slate clean and find what’s next.

Wild, the fantastic new movie adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s 2012 memoir, fits snugly into this tradition. As journeys of discovery go, it packs a wicked emotional punch. As a work of cinema, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club) and written by Nick Hornby, it rolls forth with a graceful...

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