The other day I took a chance on the film Into The Wild and I was absolutely blown away by how powerful it was. It depicts the real-life events of Christoper McCandless, who disposed of his cash, assets and personal belongings and spent two years hiking around the American Southwest before heading to Alaska in search of a great adventure. This journey of self-discovery is both moving and inspiring on so many levels. Such an endeavour is often of no interest to anyone but the individual themself; however, this is a story that had to be told. In this day and age of motion pictures that overkill with CGI, have mundane plots, and no real heart, this film was a welcome breath of fresh air.
Director and adapter, Sean Penn, did a great job of transforming Jon Krakauer’s words and depicting them onscreen. Yes, that’s right, Sean Penn. I would have never thought I’d see him creating a screenplay so moving and heart-wrenching. This work is so far removed from anything I’ve personally seen him do in the past, but he did an exceptional job. He really focuses hard on the main character, Christoper McCandless, and the people he touches and inspires along his journey.
The movie can be a little slow-paced at times – that’s really the only negative aspect I took away from it – but there’s always something around the corner that lifts your spirits.