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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.
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.
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.…
First of all, if I ever thought of doing this after graduation my parents would beat the idea out of existence.. Literally
All jokes aside, I was not expecting much from this film but it really did prove me wrong. I enjoyed Emilie Hirsch's performance. But what made this film really enjoyable was the translation of the analogies, symbolism, and euphemism. I can safely say that film is a perfect medium of literature. (English majors don't come for me.)
Not driven by plot but instead by character, adventure and self exploration.
It really feels like an epic journey with a few great actors making appearances throughout. Each offers Chris McCandless a new view of humanity and society while he in turn has an impact on each of them.
Sprawling and held together with flashback and narration. Emotionally engaging and beautifully told.
It captures both the spectacle of natural landscape and the beauty of the human spirit.
Things that are cool as shit: the wilderness, vince vaughn, old men that make me cry, that girl from 40 year old virgin who I'm oddly attracted to. Thing that isnt cool as shit: Sean Penn doing anything that isn't Fast Times At Ridgemont High. Way to go Sean Penn! Way to take a really cool idea and story and make it mediocre with your pretentious bullcrap. Go drink Milk and stop an earthquake in Haiti or something you human embodiment of tye dye t shirts.
this movie makes me want to cry of sadness and of joy and of love and of passion. maybe it is because tomorrow i will be graduating and the possibilities of my life seem so open right now but also maybe it is because this movie touches a part of my soul that i believe everybody feels. the desire to break away from "society" and truly live. we all could follow the mundane course of life or we could follow no path what so ever and live day by day. this movie reminded me to live, not just a life but a full life.
"the core of mans spirit comes from new experiences." i will never forget this quote just like i will never forget this movie.
Despite the acclaim surrounding it, I came in expecting this to be one of those films (I would italicize the word those if I could). You know, the films that try to make some kind of grandiose statement and are touted as genius, but in practice just become insufferable for it. Which films you think fit this description depends on your taste and beliefs, so I won't list personal examples.
I'll just first say that, in the opening half hour or so, my prejudices were proving true to my viewing experience. Chris, or Alexander Supertramp as he calls himself, thought himself some type of know-it-all, dragged down by the reins of society and authority, especially his parents. Of course, to…
this can also be done in life.
And now onto the sequel:
Into The WIld 2: Girls Gone Wilder.
The scenery was beautiful, a real life story etc. but who does a stupid thing like that, especially goes out in the wild with no back up plan etc and end up in troubles etc. Not a good boy scout this one!
I can't really be too harsh on this movie's protagonist even if he is insufferable and pretentious, almost like a real-life version of Ricky from American Beauty minus the potential-serial-killer vibe; since this actually happened, it feels very much in bad taste to mock or insult him, as tempting as it may be at times. But honestly, he's not even the problem with the movie - the problem is that it unwisely (and, again, similarly to American Beauty) treats his quest completely sincerely, and often outright fun, as if we're supposed to be enlightened and inspired by his warped viewpoints or his utterly pointless death.
On the plus side, it's easy to watch, technically accomplished and with a soundtrack to…
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