Into the Wild

2008-03-18 13:52
 
What it's about:

Freshly graduated from college with a promising future, 22 year-old Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch) instead walked out of his privileged life and into the wild in search of adventure. What happened to him on the way transformed this young wanderer into an enduring symbol for countless people.

What the critics say:

"Into the Wild represents Penn's most assured and affecting work yet as director and screenwriter, in the wake of The Indian Runner, The Crossing Guard and The Pledge."
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"Into the Wild will haunt anyone willing to take the trip."
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

"If nature - if life - is as wild and precious as the movie makes it out to be, Hirsch needs to give us something, someone, to watch on-screen. We need to feel a presence before we can take the measure of an absence."
Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com

"Sean Penn delivers a compelling, ambitious work that will satisfy most admirers of the book."
Dennis Harvey, Variety

"Sean Penn's Into the Wild is certainly visual - it's entirely too visual, to the point of being cheaply lyrical."
David Denby, New Yorker

"By the end of the movie, I don't know that I liked Chris, but I understood him and sympathized with him, and sometimes that's more important."
James Berardinelli, ReelViews

"I happen to think Sean Penn is one of our more admirable knotheads - a fearless actor, a bold controversialist and, as he proved with The Pledge, a very strong director, capable of far subtler moral complexity than Into the Wild affords."
Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine

"While the material seems to warrant understated, direct storytelling... Penn opts for epic proportions and clutters his narrative with gimmicks."
Sura Wood, Hollywood Reporter
A college graduate abandons his possessions and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness and return to nature.

Toy 2008/01/29 2:06 PM
book reading the book at the moment, cant wait to see the movie.
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