A chronicle of one woman's 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent catastrophe. (IMDb)
I'm a little bit familiar with the book, and was wondering how it could be adapted into a movie, considering it's more of a narrative than a plot. But this worked. Utilizing flashbacks and even just flashes that come off as stream-of-consciousness musings, paired with her walking the trail, this whole movie is interesting and engaging from start to finish. Reese Witherspoon is fantastic, definitely a new level for her in terms of her performance. Laura Dern is also wonderful (and heartbreaking) as her mother. This movie comes off as more of a journey than a biopic. We don't know every detail of what led Cheryl to the trail, and we didn't need to know everything. We just know the important things, and at the end, when she steps onto the bridge, we feel as if we've gone on that journey with her.