Sunday, March 8, 2009

Into the Wild

pretty impressive

emile hirsch has impressed me quite a bit lately. he's great in milk and this as well. sean penn's film is based on the life of Christopher McCandless, a young man who decided to leave behind his material possessions and his family to be free. whether you agree or disagree with his choice doesn't matter at all. this is a good film. chris travels far and wide, meeting great people and seeks meaning in his existence. his travels lead him to alaska, in somewhat unchartered territory, where he finds a bus in which he stays the winter. there are many interesting philosophical ideas and questions raised by the character, as well as many faults and mistakes with his ideas. all in all this film definitely makes us think and wonder about our lives. the score by eddie vedder is great, and the photography is amazing. i was somewhat dissappointed with the casting choices for catherine keener and marcia gay harden. i usually don't like them, and this was no exception. otherwise, very impressive film.

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