Sep 27, 2011

Into the wild [2007]

Director: Sean Penn
Writers: Sean Penn (screenplay), Jon Krakauer (book)
Stars: Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn and Catherine Keener

„Son, what the hell are you running from?”

Into the wild, the acclaimed 2007 movie, is a beautiful, yet very sad story. Although I understand, at least partially (you can never know what’s really in someone’s heart) what he was feeling, I always felt the need to get away from it, to run in the other direction.

Haunted by his life and his parents relationship, Chris decides to go into the wild, without having the need for money, career, family or other material things. He believes that love is not only in the human relationships, but also in every other little thing around us. Although he sometimes got in contact with some people, he always feels good and safe on his own, into the wilderness.

Until he couldn’t get out of it...and then loneliness hit and I just wanted to shut it down. Not in the „it’s a horrible movie” way, but in the „don’t hide, don’t do it” way. Because I do need human relationships to feel loved and happy, and I couldn’t, for one second, imagine my life to be that way. I need crowds, people, music, books, something to happen around me.

And unfortunately, he figured that, too, but it was too late. Although the journey (the movie) is wonderful, the end is bittersweet. You wish you could have done something for him!

Emile Hirsch was surprisingly good (I am not a fan of his), and the short appereances of Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener and Kristen Stewart (in a perfect Kristen/Bella part) add so much colour and life to a rather simple, uneventful story. Director Sean Penn does his job and the cinematography and music are really beautiful. Overall a great movie, but a very sad one!

„Happiness only real when shared”


  1. My favorite scene of this movie is toward then end, when William Hurt falls to the ground in the middle of the street, clutching onto his pants.

    It's a terribly sad, tender moment. Gets me everytime.

  2. I was really moved by this tragic story.

    I remember it playing at the cinema in 2007 and not seeing it. Why? I don't know. It's a real surprise to learn that this film was directed by Sean Penn, and Emile Hirsch was fantastic, too!