Into 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