“Into the Wild” was a great treat to watch on the screen. The story moves along quite nicely and even though it clocks in at 2 hours and 20 minutes, you never feel the length of the film and don’t really want it to end once it does. Many people have tried to get this project off the ground before Sean Penn did and failed because they didn’t have the vision for it. Penn nailed it and Emile Hirsch as Alexander Supertramp could not have been more impressive. The story of a young man leaving behind a life of money and comforts for a life of truth and adventure in the wild really touches the viewer. He meets many people along his journey to live in the Alaska wilderness and takes in all kinds of lessons and hardships along the way.
One memorable scene shows Alexander Supertramp (Hirsch) in a bar talking with his boss at the time, Wayne (played by Vince Vaughn), about society. And although not much is actually said between the two, you really feel the reason and feelings behind him leaving his life and starting a new one. How people are just mean and unfair to each other for no reason and how he’s sick of it. That really sets the tone for the rest of the film.
Sean Penn does an excellent job directing as he gets his old friend Eddie Vedder to do the soundtrack for the film which is just brilliant. All the acting from the entire cast is on point which also includes, Jena Malone, Cathrine Keener, William Hurt, Marcia Gay Harden, Brian Dierker, and Kristen Stewart.
Whether you’ve read the book or not, “Into the Wild” is a great film that everyone should see at least once.