Catch of the Day: The Power of Music
When it comes to the art of filmmaking, there is never an element left unconsidered. All aspects of the experience are, when put into the hands of a capable director, handled in such a way that their collaboration supports and surpasses the influence of the actor on screen alone. Excellent lighting, cinematography, setting, and sound can do wonders for a film.
Wild is a film written by English novelist and screenwriter Nick Hornby, best known for the novels About a Boy and High Fidelity and the memoir Fever Pitch, and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, the mind behind Dallas Buyers Club.
Without the film having been released, I'm even more convinced that it will be thoughtful and poignant, not to mention beautiful after having watched the trailer. There is an art to making trailers. The compilation must be such that it gets the gist of the protagonist's conflict across without spoiling or boring the audience; this trailer goes above and beyond.
The film is centered around Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) and her thousand-mile journey in the wake of her drug addiction and divorce. Witherspoon's performance appears fantastic, but I believe it is supplemented by the choice of music for this trailer. The song, "Turn Away" from Beck's album, Morning Phase, is at once inspiring and lonely, emotional and hopeful. It speaks both to Strayed's physical journey as she backpacks a thousand miles alone, and to the pain that she feels and her struggle in facing it, making it a dynamic choice for a film that appears to be so steeped in emotion and pain of all kinds. It also leaves a lot of room for emotional interpretation—the audience isn't immediately compelled to sob or feel any particular way, allowing the audience to travel with Strayed on their own journey, allowing them to walk a thousand miles in her shoes.