10: Into The Wild

Into The Wild

(Photo by Luke Geddes/SAIT Polytechnic)

(Photo by Luke Geddes/SAIT Polytechnic)

“Happiness only real when shared.” – Christopher McCandless (Hirsch)

Starring Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, and Catherine Keener. Directed by Sean Penn.

Production Budget: $15 Million (Approx) — Opening Weekend: $2.1 Million.


Rotten Tomatoes: 82%

MetaCritic: 73/100

Lazy Goomba: 9.2/10

Plot Summary

A movie which is based on true events. This young man, Christopher McCandless (Hirsch), after graduating at the top of his class, decides to take a trip into the wild, away from society. After donated the majority of his 24,000 dollar savings money to charity, and burning the remainder, McCandless abandons his car and hitchhikes his way to Alaska. Along the way, McCandless meets many people who he becomes fond of. But he doesn’t realize the way in which he has changed each one of their lives.

Lazy Goombas Thoughts

The Good: To clarify, nothing about this STORY is good. But when it comes to the film, it was very well done. One of his few directorial jobs, Sean Penn shows how he can take a very sad story, and put a enlightening spin on it. I also thought Emile Hirsch did a fantastic job as McCandless. I actually read the Into the Wild book written by Jon Krakauer, and it was quite a fascinating read. The extra details the book delivers, which the movie doesnt, really makes a big difference. But nonetheless, this is still one of the few movies that I like almost as much as the book.

The Bad: Like I said, some details were left out of the movie, but that should be expected in the book-to-film process, in my opinion. There isn’t to much bad to say about this film, other then of course the plot itself. I just wish this guy would of at least taken the big bag of rice he left in his car. Literally may have kept him alive until people found him. But I don’t know, he did what he did, and lived a pretty eventful life up until his death. If he actually did pass away in the same way it showed in the film, that is so so sad. To go through so much pain and dying alone, after experiencing all the beauty in life. And despite being enlightening, the movie also took a darker look at the whole “happiness only real when shared,” and such because it is somewhat taken out of context. It makes him sound like he regrets all his decisions to go out in the wild on his own, but realistically I think he also loved it.

The Opinionated: In the book, there are many opinions expressed that feel that this guy was just a complete maniac for doing what he did. Some people even go as far as saying, he deserved to die (considering he put himself in such a unliveable situation). But then some also think he is a hero, or at the very least someone who went after something in life. I agree with the latter, sure it may have been slightly crazy to do it exactly the way he did, but who cares! He chose to do it, what does someones opinion matter to him anyways. I am quite certain he found HIMSELF on that trip, and whether thats good or bad I dont know, but it is something that few people really do.

Lazy Goomba
Movie Critic/Cat Enthusiast

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