Sunday, April 13, 2008

Wild about Into the Wild

I must admit I don't watch a lot of movies.I 'm from the old school, more of a reader than a moviegoer. But this is one title I made a point of watching and featuring in this corner. I thought the movie was gut-wrenching and illuminating, a celebration of life more than a tale of tragedy. Chris Mccandless may appear young, reckless and misguided but IMHO, underneath the veneer of youthful imprudence lies a wounded soul turning to nature to somehow heal this woundedness. 

Inspite of the creative license scenes (like the realization that he maybe eating poisonous wild potatoes) and the NatGeo-worthy 360 degree shots, I highly recommend the movie to everyone, and most especially, nature lovers. I find a lot of myself in Chris and while I wished he exercised a bit more caution, I really admire his guts and his commitment to his dream (and as Sidney pointed out, to follow his dream to the end). Now, I've got to look for the book by Jon Krakauer.

14 comments:

Sidney said...

Not many people follow their dreams till the end.

lagal[og] said...

sidney, imho, i think that's the real tragedy -- not following one's dreams and seeing them through

the donG said...

this is sounds like a really good movie. i really like movies that features nature and environmental conservation. my personal favorite is the "Burning Season" which is about Chico Mendez. after i watched this movie, it convinced me that our forest is worth fighting for.

lagal[og] said...

dominic, this movie is really good. i highly recommend you catch it though i doubt whether it will get a commercial run here

Ferdz said...

The movie was shown here a few weeks or months back na if I remember right.

Anyways, saw the movie and thought it was really well made and very inspirational. From the soundtrack to the cinematography it's very good. It ranks up there with "Motorcycle Diaries" with me but with a modern twist.

although I like Chris' adventurous spirit, in part its his anger with his parents and society that drove him to the wild but his realization in the end about "Sharing Happiness" I guess is the key there. Very good movie, and yeah, he should have exercised a bit more caution there.

lagal[og] said...

bai, my apologies, i'm completely ignorant of the commercial theaters in the many years that dvds became popular :-)

i thought that "sharing happiness" part that features hal holbrook was a turning point. it was pretty obvious that he really meant to consider being adopted after this alaska trip. it's just sad he didn't make it out alive. then again, he lived a short but fulfilled life, not something everyone can lay claim to.

i love the movie because it talks to me on many levels. and i guess there's a chris mccandless in each and everyone of us. i know there's one (or two or three in myself) :-)

Erick said...

i am not also a movie freak but a friend gave me a copy of this movie because he knows that i will love the story. havent watch the movie yet hopefully this week.

buti na lang may sneak preview sa blog mo at naalala ko may copy pala ako nyan. :)

lagal[og] said...

erick, sigurado akong magugustuhan mo ito. i want to watch it all over again. ewan ko ba, naluha ako dito
:-) dahil naaninag ko ang sarili ko sa katauhan ni chris. sayang nga, kasi if he is still alive now, we'll be almost the same age. but again, no regrets on his part, i guess. basta, panoorin mo bro and tell me what you think.

dave said...

wah! looks like i'll be adding the movie in my must-watch-movies for the year..=D

lagal[og] said...

it's a must-see dave, i will vouch for that. i'm going to watch it again this weekend, in fact. thanks for dropping by :-)

Eric said...

Oggie...I never noticed the movie in the movie world...like SM or Robinson...was it shown to any local cinemas around?

lagal[og] said...

eric, bai ferdz said it was shown locally but i'm really clueless about local theater runs ever since dvd became commonplace. do catch it in some other form if you can. it's really good.

patrick said...

McCandless's story is tragic, but then so many people have benefited from hearing it... a couple of years of hitchhiking and camping made a story that now challenges thousands (millions?) of people to reexamine their lives

lagal[og] said...

i couldn't agree with you more, patrick. being on a mountain does have some profound effect on me. the mountain will not recognize one's status in life. it wouldn't care any more or less if one's the head honcho of xyz corporation or a person who has to toil for the next meal. accord it respect and it will spare your life. treat it with disrespect and in time, it may claim you.

back to the movie, i really find a lot of myself in chris (i guess anybody would). one of the things i find that rings true is that material things are fine but they can also be impediment to freedom and happiness.

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