Into the Wild

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Into The Wild (2007) --- The true story of Chris McCandless and his wonderful journey

Jun 29, 2008
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Pros:can prove to leave quite an impact, interesting story, thought-provoking, great cinematography

Cons:Not quite as good as the written word of his story

The Bottom Line: This is a very good look at the life of Chris McCandless, and recommended to anyone wanting to see one man's journey of discovery in the great outdoors.


Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.

If you are looking for a film based on a real life adventurer, then this is certainly a must-see on the list of really good films about a true story. Into The Wild is a film brought about by a novel on Chris McCandless, a kid who had just graduated college, and set off on an adventure of discovery. Sean Penn took the Jon Krakauer written book, created a screenplay out of it, and then loaned his directing talents in order to get the film made. Working on a small budget of $15 million, they went about presenting a story that would leave an impact with its viewers. An independent film by Hollywood standards, the film didn't do all that well at the box office, but that is beside the point when you have a story that needs you to focus on the viewing. Looking at it that way, watching it at home on DVD can make it even better.

Into The Wild is the true story about Christopher McCandless, who had gone through his cookie-cutter life doing exactly what was expected of him. He was expected to live a certain way, attend a specific college, and graduate into a profession recommended by his father. He did everything that was asked of him, but the day he graduated from college, he decided that it was time to be himself. He donated his entire life savings of about $24,000 to charity, gave away all of his possessions, and set off on his own to discover what the rest of the country had to offer. With nothing but the clothes on his back, and the remainder of the gas in his old cars tank, his adventure began, and though it would change slightly after he had begun, it would be one that where he would discover things about not only himself but the rest of the world as well.

It is on this journey of self-discovery that the audience gets to witness Chris taking on the mountains of America, the deserts of the south, the prairies of middle America, before he heads north through Canada to his goal of Alaska. He hitchhikes, he walks, and he earns his way through all of these locations, and each one brings him into contact with interesting people with advice on how to live life as well as insights on what is out there in the world. Above anything else, the scenery stands out as a wonderful supporting character to the film, letting us in on some of the hidden beauties of the country, and indeed what it takes to survive within them. Knowing that Chris actually went through everything that we are watching on screen is a big selling point to how interesting it becomes, and all of his adventures had been written down in a diary so that he could look back on his travels.

There are moments of excitement within Into The Wild, but ultimately this is a film of character study, primarily with Chris trying to find himself. They do a great job of showing him battle the nature and the elements, and that actor who plays him (Emile Hirsch) does a great job depicting exactly what Chris endured. There are supporting characters in the film, but in the end this is all about Chris's story, and Sean Penn does a great job taking the original novel to the big screen. I do think though, that the story loses just a little bit of the imagination from the text by being put up on the screen, but for those that are more visual, this is the perfect telling of the story of Chris McCandless. Well deserving of its award nominations, this one is worth seeing if you are interested in partaking in one man’s journey to find himself in the wild.








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