Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Jena Malone
Sean Penn (Director), Sean Penn (Screenplay)
Release: Sep. 11th, 2007
Runtime: 2 hours, 28 minutes
After graduating from Emory University in 1992, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity, and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness.
Who has seen it and what did you think of it?
I found it to be a strange and compelling movie.
The constant time shifts were bothersome as they almost always are. I truly wish this "novel"...
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Another way in which the film is told in multiple ways is that McCandless' diary sometimes tells the story, while at other times, his sister narrates their story, which not only includes the loss their parents feel after he disappears, but includes earlier episodes of family tension involving adultery and earlier expressions of disharmony amongst the family before Chris went "into the wild".
Considering how McCandless's wonder at the marvels of nature is a large part of what leads him to pursue a life on the road in the first place, the film's inability to capture the scenery in a remotely impressive manner is either a blatant failure to do right by its protagonist or a clever subversion that still ends up making the film look boring regardless of its intent.