Into The Wild
This is the true story of Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch). Freshly graduated from college with a promising future ahead, McCandless instead walked out of his privileged life and into the wild in search of adventure.
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Powerful, tragic true story is too heavy for kids.
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Fresh: Without diminishing the deep transcendentalist yearnings of its young hero, Into the Wild builds to a climax of profound human connectedness, profound human pain.
- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, October 5, 2007
Fresh: As Hirsch] struggles with the elements, his increasing frailty and the cinematography's increasing grandeur mesh in a way that's at once iconic and wrenching.
- Bob Mondello, NPR.org, Saturday, October 18, 2008
Christopher McCandless graduates college, then decides he wants to trek across North America to Alaska. The characters he meets along the way are just as important to the story as Chris' journey itself. None moreso than Ron, though, played by Oscar-nominee Hal Holbrook. Ron's wife and only chilld were murdered years ago and I dare anyone not to cry when Ron's sitting in his truck with Chris telling the kid he wants to adopt him as his grandson. Sad stuff. Just wonderful acting right there.
- middleeasternfilms, Friday, March 20, 2009
Impressive outsider story based on true events. The reasons behind this young man's decision to remove himself from society and all obligations and benefits that come with it are mostly blamed on a shattered family background, which may be a tad too easy as an explanation. Director Sean Penn does neither celebrate nor condemn "Supertramp's" decision, but finds beautiful, mesmerizing images and sceneries that almost make you wanna go on a little trip yourself. Emile Hirsch is very convincing as the protagonist, the rest of the cast is full of great names delivering powerful performances as well, especially Hal Holbrook. Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder's songs add to the movie's atmosphere of admiration for nature and loneliness and fit perfectly. The bitter ending is neither preachy nor romanticizing the events, but deeply touching. A slow and long yet beautiful film that's still fascinating in every minute. Great stuff.
- ironclad1609, Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Firstly, if anyone is considering seeing this film please just watch it NOW, and read nothing more on it. There are mainstream reviews out there by great critics which have massive spoilers. Avoid them. Secondly, please watch the film. Rarely have I seen anything so earnest, so uncynical. It is not a film that simply sits back a watches it subject, but is totally part of it, enhanced by its ideas. Beautiful, intelligent, heartbreaking. A great film.
- fb1686480544, Thursday, January 3, 2013