Saturday, 14 March 2009

Into the Wild [2007]


Sean Penn, like a number of his contemporaries, is a sterling example of a revered actor who has effortlessly managed to make the transition to the director’s chair, and Into the Wild is arguably Penn the director’s magnum opus. Based on real events, the movie is an attempt, and an astounding one at that, to recreate the complex, eventful and life altering journey of a young wanderlust who leaves his dysfunctional family and hits the road in his search of truth and bliss – those magnetic yet eternally elusive things that are supposed to lie at the end of every great odyssey. Aided by a terrific soundtrack comprising of an array of beautiful country songs, and soothing camera work that lovingly explores beauty in America’s vast wilderness and her colourful locals, the movie manages to make an immediate impression. Add to that Emile Hirsch’s astonishingly “real” portrayal of a journey that isn’t just excruciatingly physical but also disturbingly psychological, and equally memorable turns by the supporting cast, and you have a movie that isn’t just exhilarating to watch, but also has the ability to make one ponder over issue ranging from life to death, and all that lies in between.








Director: Sean Penn
Genre: Drama/Road Movie/Psychological Drama/Adventure/Docu-fiction/Biopic
Language: English
Country: US

7 comments:

theseventhart.info said...

So at last, eh?

Shubhajit said...

Yeah :)

Mahadyuti Adhikary said...
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Mahadyuti Adhikary said...

the movie that changed my life

Shubhajit said...

Wow, that's something! Since you liked the movie so much, I'll recommend the book 'On the Road' to you, in case you haven't already read it.

Yayaver said...

Thoreau, London, Byron has changed the life od protagonist.I see it as story of 'che guevera' in american way.
The actors are incredible and perfectly cast and lovable movie for the youths.

Shubhajit said...

Well that's a nice way of putting it, Che Guevara for the Americans. Or perhaps Jack Kerouac for the 21st Century. I guess anyone who hits the road is, in some way or other, related to Che and Kerouac...