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into the wild
- kevin sellers
Interesting if overlong odyssey through George H.W. Bush's America taken by one of this country's oldest prototypes; the idealistic dropout. (Basically, he...it's almost always a he...has been around ever since James Fenimore Cooper created Natty Bumpo.) Through Sean Penn's perceptive screenplay and direction and Emil Hirsch's convincing performance we see loner and happiness seeker Chris McCandless in all his contradictory fulness, as both loving and selfish, (He cuts off all communication with his family, even his beloved sister) visionary and foolish. (He dies through abysmal ignorance of the very wild into which he goes for a meaningful life.) And surrounding this fascinating central character are an equally arresting galaxy of early 90s types; the aging hippie couple (well played by Catherine Keener and Brian Dierker) a generous anti government nut (one of Vince Vaughan's better dramatic roles) a Gen X baladeer (a solid Kristin Stewart) and perhaps most memorably a lonely old desert coot (Hal Holbrook, never better). And rounding out this fine cast are William Hurt and Marcia Gay Harden as McCandless' abusive but somehow sympathetic establishment parents. I have two criticisms. One is that, as stated above, this film is a half hour too long with sequences, like the German tourist couple, that cut have been cut and too many shots of McCandless jumping for joy and smiling beatifically in nature. The other knock on this film is that everyone Mc Candless meets, without exception, thinks he's the greatest thing since Birkenstocks. Just once I would have liked someone he encounters in his travels to tell him he's full of crap. It would have been a definite shot in the ol credibility muscle. So, for these two caveats let's give this otherwise memorable movie experience an A minus.
I agree with review that says this is POWERFUL
This movie really touched my heart. The scenes when Supertramp meet the older hippie couple and the scenes with Hal Holbrook are so moving. I wish, in real life, Supertramp had come back and let the character played by Hal Holbrook adopt him. This is aFIVE STAR movie.
Better Than the Book
- Anne R.
You don't hear that much, but my hat is off to Sean Penn for seeing more in the story than what Krakauer wrote. He Got It! Beautifully developed and actualized direction from Penn. Hal Holbrook is a wonder.
This movie is difficult to watch--NOT because it is not well made or is not an incredible story, but because we know where it's going, how it will end. It is so easy to like Chris McCandless as played by Emile Hirsch. Mr. Hirsch portrays a decent, caring, intelligent, innocent and very tormented young man in search of answers he will never find. In so many ways this is a beautiful film; the natural beauty, the moments when Chris finds people with whom he is able to connect, the music, the heart rending narration. It is, however, tough to watch this young man, so passionately portrayed by Mr. Hirsch, begin to falter, to lose his way and to encounter disaster. I wanted a different ending although I already knew the tragic inevitable conclusion. The film is sometimes disturbing because of this and it's a bit like watching an automobile accident in slow motion. However, this is a powerful and truly memorable movie because Mr. Hirsch makes it so. His devotion to the part he plays is a tribute to the real young man on whom this story is based. The raw emotions captured and conveyed by Mr. Hirsch make this a very worthwhile movie.
real time..real person..raw feeling.
john Travolta said in a movie when is it killing yourself..without killng yourself..this guy killed himself..maybe going after his dream..but it killed him.books..movies..sometimes..people just do not get it. pick some more bones..use a real human being..so you can make live action speed racer later.. a knife or a pat on a back..can look a lot alike.