posted at 19:50
Author Name: Michael Thurston
Will Academy go Oscar Wild for Witherspoon?
At least that's what her character undertakes in "Wild", a film based on the best-selling, real-life story of a woman's three-month trek along the Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from California to the Canadian border. The film is based on the 2012 bestseller "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" by Cheryl Strayed, adapted for the big screen by award-winning British writer Nick Hornby. Hornby - known for his novels "Fever Pitch" and "High Fidelity", both of which were made into movies - was responsible for adapting the book to give it dramatic momentum, partly through flashbacks. Musically, the movie has a distinctly 1960s and 70s feel starting from the first frame, when the soundtrack opens with Simon and Garfunkel's "El Condor Pasa." Other tracks include Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne" and The Hollies' "The Air that I Breathe." Some critics are already tipping the actress, and the movie, for glory in Hollywood's imminent awards season, which ends with the Academy Awards on February 22. "Wild" scores an impressive 88 percent approval rating on movie review website Rotten Tomatoes, which says: "'Wild' finds director Jean-Marc Vallee and star Reese Witherspoon working at the peak of their respective powers. Strayed, who has joined the filmmakers in promoting the movie, praised Witherspoon's emotional intelligence, saying "She captures, I think, a sense of seeking on that journey which I really truly had.". "I don't think it can be explained how strange it is. Just imagine if you had a movie star pretending to be you on screen," she said, adding: "I feel so honored by the work she did, by the way she represented me."

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