Into the Wild

A Movie ReelInto the Wild: 8 out of 10.

I know people who watch movies so they don't have to think. They seek mindless action movies or comedies that leave their minds minutes after the closing credits roll. That's a pretty good description of the kinds of movies I despise. I like movies that make me think, make me ponder the bigger picture and stick with me for days, weeks, months, and if I'm lucky, a lifetime.

Into the Wild is pretty lengthy. It's almost 2.5 hours but it's a thought provoking and heart wrenching journey with great acting and fantastic music by Mr. Eddie Vedder.

Remember the old coot who played Dixie Carter's boyfriend on Designing Woman. He'll make you cry in this one. Or, if you're a real tough guy like me, your eye will just moisten a little.

"Two years he walks the earth. No phone, no pool, no pets, no cigarettes. Ultimate freedom. An extremist. An aesthetic voyager whose home is the road. Escaped from Atlanta. Thou shalt not return, 'cause "the West is the best." And now after two rambling years comes the final and greatest adventure. The climactic battle to kill the false being within and victoriously conclude the spiritual pilgrimage. Ten days and nights of freight trains and hitchhiking bring him to the Great White North. No longer to be poisoned by civilization he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become lost in the wild". - Alexander Supertramp, May 1992

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Jason |

I'm with you. I like movies that make me think.

..Also why I like the TV show House and not many other TV shows.

October 11, 2008 @ 8:33 PM

Mike from Lowville

Is that the movie where the guy eats wild potatoes and poisons himself?

October 13, 2008 @ 8:32 AM


That's a rather morbid way to remember the movie :P. But yes, Alex did die because of food poisoning (from wild potatoes).

October 13, 2008 @ 11:25 AM


I have yet to see the movie but I have a feeling that the movie paints Chris McCandless differently than the novel. According to the novel the cause of his death has not been so concretely defined. His remains were so badly decomposed that it was impossible to determine the exact cause. At the time of the autopsy his remains weighed 67 pounds and starvation was determined as the most probable cause of death.

October 14, 2008 @ 9:05 PM


The movie tries to make you feel sympathetic for a coward and a selfish fool.

October 15, 2008 @ 9:07 AM

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