Into the Wild


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Review: After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless should be embarking on his career. Instead he decides to give up his entire savings and gives them to charity and also abandons all his possessions, and sets out on a journey into the Alaskan wilderness.
Director: Sean Penn
Actors: Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Jena Malone, Kristen Stewart, Hal Holbrook and Zach Galifianakis
Year: 2007
Genre: Adventure, Biography and Drama
Conclusion: 4/5
Based on a true story. In order for Sean Penn to make this film he waited ten years to make sure he had the approval from the McCandless family. I don’t know if this story is more widely known in America rather than the UK but I have to say I knew nothing about this before watching the film. I felt that this film has a very 1970’s style to it. I also think that in that in the 1970’s what young people did was to go travelling after graduating and it wasn’t unusual. I know I do say this time and time again but the film was 2 hours 28mins which it certainly didn’t need to be. There were times where it didn’t quite know what to do or where to go from scene to scene. In this film Emile Hirsch wears a watch, this was actually Christopher McCandless’ real-life watch which was given to Emile Hirsch as a present. On June 19th 2020, the bus that Chris McCandles lived in for 114 days in the middle of an Alaskan forest has been air lifted out due to public safety concerns. Many tourists/travellers have tried to attempt to do what Christopher McCandless did by hiking across the Alaskan wilderness and have never made it home. At the Golden Globe Awards in 2008 this won for Best Original Song – Motion Picture.


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