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Into the Wild
Into the heart. Into the soul.
Based on a true story. After graduating from Emory University in 1992, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters who shape his life.
I know several people whose opinions I respect that have loved this film and even rate it among their favourites, but having read the book and now having seen the movie I’m still at the same conclusion, that Chris McCandless was at times an insufferable prick who believed he was some divine combination of Thoreau and Jack London. He didn’t deserve to die for this stupidity (many his age think they're indestructible) but he doesn’t deserve to be mythologised either. Sean Penn’s script and direction shows how little of an actual story there is here, as he ends up relying on montages of scenery set to music and voiceover to fill space. (The book had a similar problem - there’s…
I cannot possibly BEGIN to describe my feelings towards this story, or perhaps the whole concept of what McCandless did. After watching the movie, I could not think of anything but a strange longing to do what he did, and it just kept going. I still feel that way, even now, as I think of it. Later, I read the book twice, and did a lot of research about McCandless, and I became more and more inspired. This is not just a movie - it is a wonder of creation. I have so much more to say, but I'll just stop here - watch the movie even if you are not inspired by what McCandless did - it is a beautiful movie in many ways.
Dirk van Eck is a geography student who does not like, probably hates, to travel. But he loves Into the Wild! With an abstract that has ‘doomed to fail’ written all over it, the movie, and its leading actor Emile Hirsch, the movie surprises beyond imagination by actually emotionally engaging its viewer. Two and a half hours long, and thus deliberately aiming to ‘be’ epic, Into the Wild leads one through a series of bittersweet, nervous, whimsical, curious, risky, banal and passionate moments between different people, sometimes mere strangers, or just between the protagonist and his surroundings. It is a film that feels much more genuine than any comparable alternative, mainly because of director Sean Penn’s - who truly outdoes…
My God. The concept, the look at life, the songs, the lines in the songs,the soothing music , the dialogues, the edifying quotes, the characters and the picturesque nature shown in this film make it more than a film. It makes this, the ULTIMATE PHILOSOPHICAL EXPERIENCE. Everything is so beautiful and when Emile Hirsch sheds tears in the last scene, you cannot control breaking down.
No longer to be poisoned by civilization he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become lost in the wild.
Into the Wild is based on the true story of a man searching for the ultimate freedom; Chris McCandless should be an inspiration to all of us, as he was brave enough to get away from this growing consumerist society, and live in the wild.
Stories about men running away from society have always fascinated me, because I myself think about that a lot of times. There's a lot of pressure, imposed by parents, teachers, friends, magazines, advertising, in order to have the best clothes, the best car, the best phone... but, as McCandless said, these are just things.…
To give up everything, family, friends, possessions, money, structure, safety, is extremely brave. It may also be rife with hubris. Sean Penn's "Into the Wild," based on Jon Krakauer's retelling of the life and adventures of Christopher McCandless, examines those dual ideas, casting McCandless as an American wanderer as courageous as he is foolhardy.
In nonlinear bursts of storytelling, Penn's film follows McCandless from his college graduation to his exploration of personal and geographic frontiers. Turning his back on what is expected of him, McCandless moves west with little more than the clothes in his backpack. Eventually finding himself in Alaska, McCAndless finds the absolute freedom for which he searched and comes to the realization of that freedom's cost.
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I'm kind of sad with this final but all the history and how he takes his life it's just beautiful. He really gave himself to nature and to find happiness and it's crazy that when he got the spiritual revolution that he always wanted and was ready to go back to civilization, he couldn't he was locked where he was to be freed. Just crazy and amazing!
happiness is only real when shared.
Funny how when I was in High School, I only wanted to be like Chris McCandless. Now when I see this movie, I only hate how much the character of Chris McCandless reminds me of myself.
Absolutely stunning cinematography, and largely enjoyable story. Very heavy-handed, however, and I got pretty sick of the typical white, straight man's existential crisis.
material possessions who??
This movie puts me in a place. A place I like a whole lot.
I think I was supposed to like this more than I did.
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A number of sequences are mature in their filmic language. When Chris/Alex eats an apple and looks at the camera, when he sees himself in a suit playing the society game, when the Scandinavian couple is introduced on the river, as well as flashbacks and voiceover recitations of different passages, these are done creatively and avoid pretense. It's a really strong and dynamic film with, of course, amazing scenery, emotion, and character development. It seems like a good example of a smart adaptation from a book.
Edit: I cheated a little and wrote my thoughts above while there was still 30 minutes left in the movie. Till then, I thought it was going to be like a travelogue movie with…
Wildly inspiring and deeply moving. Emile Hirsch with a knockout performance.
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