This biographical film directed by renowned actor Sean Penn tells the story of a young man’s journey to self-discovery and emancipation.
‘Into the Wild’ is the story of Christopher John McCandless (or Chris), a fresh graduate from Emory University who traveled two years before fulfilling his long-time dream of treading into the Alaskan wild.
This film was directed by actor Sean Penn and was actually based on a book by Jon Krakauer. Actor Emile Hirsch portrayed Chris McCandless and wonderfully did so to say the least. ‘Into the Wild’ used a different approach to tell the story of McCandless. Instead of using the traditional linear narrative, the film was told using scenes that cut back and forth to portray McCandless as a person and his journey to be truly lost in the wild.
Book enthusiasts will probably get a liking to this movie since the protagonist is quite a heavy reader who was influenced more by the writings of his favorite authors. Some scenes feature some of McCandless’ own writings as he logged mile after mile hitchhiking across the United States.
It is a personal movie that dove deep into the McCandless’ traveling days. Stricken with wanderlust and a thirst to leave behind the ‘material shackles’ of ordinary life, McCandless threw himself out in the open road with nothing but the clothes on his back and his trusty pair of boots. He also left his family behind, his identity and took up the name Alexander Supertramp. Hirsch was in character so well that you may think that he was indeed Alexander Supertramp or Chris McCandless.
‘Into the Wild’ will tug at the heartstrings of anyone – traveler or not. McCandless’ final days in his ‘Magic Bus’ led to a realization. He scribbled the phrase: “Happiness only real when shared” before he succumbed to death from starvation and food poisoning. In the end, he realized that life was still better lived with the ones he loved.
Alexander Supertramp met a lot of people along the way, some of which grew fond of him. ‘Into the Wild’ is an emotional roller coaster with tinges of existential questions and angst. Go and have a peek. Watch the trailer here:
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