Last weekend I finally got around to watching “Into the wild” and now i’m blogging about it, even though the movie was released in 2007 and has been reviewed plenty of times.
Into the wild recounts the life of Christopher McCandless, an actual student-athlete at Emory University, as told by his sympathetic sister. In response to a materialistic, manipulative, and domineering father, McCandless destroys all of his credit cards and identification documents, donates $24,000 (nearly his entire savings) to Oxfam, and sets out on a crosscountry drive in his well-used but reliable economy car towards his ultimate goal: to live alone and off the land in Alaska. [Source: Wikipedia]
Here is the movie trailer:
Into the wild was directed by Sean Penn, starred the up and coming, hugely gifted, Emile Hirsch (Leonardo Dicaprio look-a-like) with a powerful soundtrack produced by Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam (I’ve already downloaded one of the songs from the movie on iTunes).
Penn, in tandem with the superb cinematographer Eric Gautier (The Motorcycle Diaries), captures the majesty and terror of the wilderness in ways that make you catch your breath. [Source: Rolling Stone]
This has to be my favourite film I have seen in a long time. It’s one of those films that leaves you thinking about the story days after you’ve watched it and you can’t help yourself sourcing the internet for more information about it.
Do yourself a favour and watch it, then watch the 6 part Youtube clip from the Charlie Rose show where he interviews Sean Penn and Eddie Vedder and they give you some fascinating insight into the evolution of the movie.