directed by Jean Marc-Vallée
When you liked a lot a book it's always risky to watch the movie, but I have to say that Wild the movie directed by Jean Marc-Vallée did not disappoint me, even if I can't say I'm completely satisfied with it.
The movie is based on the memoir by Cheryl Strayed Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, as in the book we are presented with Cheryl hiking the PCT four years after the loss of her mother, still grieving.
The book displayed all the raw emotions that she felt during her trial, but seeing them on the screen played by Reese Witherspoon was even better. Reese is perfect for the role, she did an amazing job portraying Cheryl with wit, talent and honesty.
The movie is worth the spectacular, colorful view of the PCT we get, I'm not a cinema expert but I think they did a great job with the photography.
There is a lot of montage, as in the book the present time, the "action" on the trail -walking, thinking, pitching the tent and packing it up- is interrupted by looping reminiscence of her life before. The way the flashback are presented makes it hard to understand most of them wholly from someone who didn't read the book. I did find it artistic and beautiful but I doubt it would be easy to read them for someone new to Cheryl's story.
For almost the whole movie we are stuck with Cheryl, we don't get to see much of the others characters. I know it would have been impossible to include the whole book in the movie but it felt like a shame that there wasn't that much space for her old relationship and the new one that she acquired during her journey.
I would recommend the movie to everyone, if you have read the book I think you will understand it and appreciate more.
So who did win between the movie and the book?
The book, it explains more clearly her relationships and it was able to move me more than the picture.
Here is the movie trailer:
Did you watch the movie?