Wild ★★★

It could have been an awful mawkish self-help travelogue in the same vein as Eat Pray Love or that salmon fishing one. And thankfully director Jean-Marc Vallée saves it from those depths by letting the scenery speak for itself, and telling the story of Cheryl Strayed's epic hike mostly through flashback, though it does slip into cod spiritual meaning-of-life bullshit in the final stretch. Still, in the lead role, Reese Witherspoon is her best yet as she carries the weight of the world on her back.