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After the death of her mother (Laura Dern), the fall into heroin addiction and the failure of her marriage, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) lost every hold in her life. Hoping to find her way again, she makes a radical decision: she wants to walk alone along the Pacific Crest Trail from Southern California to the north of Oregon. 2000 kilometres through rough wilderness and snow-covered mountain ranges - and all this without any hiking experience. But Cheryl takes up the challenge and resists any temptation to give up prematurely. And this temptation increases with every kilometre completed, as she not only finds herself confronted with loneliness, pain and all sorts of dangers, but also increasingly with very painful memories of her past…
Based on the celebrated book by Cheryl Strayed, "The Great Trip - Wild" tells the story of a fascinating self-discovery trip in impressive pictures. Nick Hornby ("About a Boy"), the bestselling author, has adapted the memoirs published in 2012 for the screen. His screenplay loosens up the dramaturgically very difficult story with subtle wordplay and purposefully interspersed humour here and there. In view of the many gloomy retrospects showing Cheryl on her path to self-destruction or the slow death of her mother, such loosening up is absolutely necessary in order not to pull the mood of the audience down completely. After all, "The Big Trip - Wild" is supposed to spread a positive, life-affirming message. And it comes into its own much better when the audience is not completely depressed before a little glimmer of hope can spread.
Director Jean-Marc Vallée ("Dallas Buyers Club") relies on his portrait of a woman who threatens to break up in the modern world and seeks her very personal salvation in wild nature, not only on great pictures, of course. First and foremost, his drama is a great Reese Witherspoon, which credibly transports all the facets of Cheryl to the screen. Whether she is the loving daughter and wife, the drug-addicted adulteress or the tough loner, the Oscar-winner delivers an extremely strong and stirring portrayal at every moment, with which she also wears the film about its somewhat tougher moments.
Although "Der große Trip - Wild" is not a masterpiece on a dramaturgical level and moves on rather familiar terrain, the film has become a really strong piece of cinema thanks to the captivating direction and the intensive play of the main actress, which also works really well through the perfect interplay of images, music and history. Those who can accept some small lengths should definitely go on their big trip with Reese Witherspoon. Absolutely worth seeing!
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