“The Journey of Natty Gann” is a nice family film. It shouldn’t be too difficult to read into that. The story is interesting, the journey is epic, but the quality of acting and an awkward-looking, 19-year-old John Cusack make this feel more like a kid’s movie than something geared toward adults. The best actor in the film is actually Jed, the wolf-dog who was featured in “The Thing” and would later go on to play White Fang. I wasn’t impressed with Meredith Salenger as Natty, though her final scene makes the film worth the price of admission. I love John Cusack, but this probably won't make your list of "Top 50 John Cusack Movies." This scenic journey succeeds in displaying the various regions of our country and different aspects of Depression-era lifestyles. I certainly wouldn’t count down the days until I get to watch “The Journey of Natty Gann” again, but it will make for a great adventure film to watch with my children someday.
[Pictured: Natty Gann, Jed the wolf-dog, and awkward-looking John Cusack]