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5.0 out of 5 stars
Alexander Supertamp, 1 Jan 2012
I have been a fan of this film from it's release on DVD where I came across it on a whim in my local supermarket. On my first watch I was captivated and found myself in "Movie Mode" (completely focused on the film}. Although long for the average watcher it is a fantastic journey and each scene is as important as the next so there is no time wasted. If you manage to connect with the film then the time like in other circumstances, is not a problem.
We follow Christopher McCandless played by Emile Hersh through the visionary Sean Penn's direction. The interesting timelines which intertwine through out the film can be a bit boggling at first but are soon understandable to a standard intelligent person. Join Chris as he comes across all different types of characters on his journey, some that are the actual people that experienced the true story first hand. The cast includes an amazing performance by Vince Vaughn in on of his more serious roles, an emotional roller coaster of a performance by Ron Franz as Hal Holbrook (one of Chris's closest friends on his journey) and an early role for an inexperienced Kristen Stewart to name a few, who also nails it with her usual awkward lip biting attractive young teen persona.
With it's beautifully framed scenes, and it's emotional connection to the protagonist, Into The Wild is one of the greatest true story movie adaptations of the Naughties. A lover of travel or adventure is sure to love this film, but be careful they don't idolise Chris McCandless as he is a one of person who in retrospect made some silly decisions. The book is also a great companion piece for this film which is by Jon Kraukner (I'm not the best of readers and I managed it) Into the Wild
. After viewing I would search the internet for the facts, trivia and goofs about this film as there is some really good bits and pieces out there.
I wouldn't class this film as a family affair, it's more of a solo watch, as it could create tension with different views after watching.
For fans who wanted a bit more of a serious tone to their travellers tales.
This is listed at number 1 in my top 20 films. Not due to technique but the emotional connection I get when viewing.