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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.
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…
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.
A poignant true life story of a young man trying to find his true self! The journey is beautiful but like life it is filled with obstacles, challenges and tragedy!
I can't think of a time I haven't wanted to leave society behind, ditch the grid and fly under the radar as I traipse through the woods or beaches barefoot feeling the sand between my toes!
Then I realized I'd have to hunt prey, kill it, clean it, cook it and on top of that I'd have to fetch and haul wood, start a fire, haul water from a lake or river, boil it before I could drink it! Just thinking about that wears me out! Thank god for frozen…
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, since 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.…
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.
This is one of those movies that I don't think I'll ever want to watch again but is necessary viewing for people of my generation.
This is a true story, but adapted tastefully and with grace. I've read the book, so wasn't too sure what to expect with the film as I felt it would be a difficult screen adaptation. While it's beautifully shot and captures the idea of freedom from perceived societal shackles, I did find it too long. To put it bluntly, the book tells Christopher's story better.
Having not read the book, this film really got to me. Many says that having read the book generates so many more emotions and experiences than the film, nevertheless the film tells a great story and really gets under your skin in its portrait of the journey to find meaning in life. It is a very beautiful film and most of the performances are heart warming and very much affecting, not the least Emile Hirch's.
The film occasionally wanders much like its lead, with montages that aspire to Malick's landscapes yet don't possess quite the same magic. Chris/Alex himself is treated in quite a linear fashion, but those whose lives he touched are portrayed magnificently by a large and talented supporting cast. Despite its occasional lack of focus, Into The Wild remains a profoundly affecting movie, compounding the tragedy of Chris' naive spiritual journey with the myriad tragedies he left in his wake.
The book was a profound experience for me, less so because of its main character and his actions but more because of the ideas and experiences portrayed.
The movie is not able to transport that part of the book because it focuses too much on Chris McCandless and his travels. Hence it more or less completely failed me. All that was left were some truly beautiful landscape shots and interesting camera angles.
Style wise it was a very mixed bag and differed in tone between segments: at one time split-screens were used, then we got quick cuts and slo-mo shots. Also, the on screen design including the fonts was all over the place and looked like something that was fashionable in the 70s or 80s.
The story was definitely too thin for a two hour movie - I got bored rather quickly. Not sure why this is in the top 250 on IMDb.
Perhaps the most faithful film adaptation of a book I've ever seen. Great soundtrack and score! Wonderful performance by Hirsch.
I am very glad that my High School Film Studies teacher chose A Separation, instead of this thing in Grade 12.
Én simán túléltem volna, jó nagy balfasz volt.
Into the Wild greatly inspired me and is by far a new favorite to add to the list of greatest journey-driven films. The landscape shots were stunning, and the overall camera work was great. A young man aspiring to make it to Alaska not only showed the freedom and love for being fully in control of one's steps and determination but also managed to show the sometimes harsh realities. The film definitely shows that being alone doesn't mean one is lonely.
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IMDb: 8.1 | RT: 91% || Points: 2110 | Peak:…