I’ve just watched Into the Wild on DVD and am kicking myself that I never got around to seeing it on the big screen. Emile Hirsch does an amazing job potraying Christopher McCandless in this true story of Chris’ adventure that sadly leads to his death.
The cinematography is absolutely stunning and Sean Penn has crafted a beautiful movie as director. McCandless obviously had some issues, people don’t just take off into the wild, literally burning money and avoiding the real world if they are totally on an even keel. A very telling moment in the movie is when he tries to start making his way home after over 100 days in the Alaskan wilderness but finds himself trapped by the wild that he initially wanted to experience. He writes in a book, with tears in his eyes, “happiness isn’t real unless shared”.