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Into The Wild

Stew4HD
03-09-2008, 08:28 PM
OMG! What a movie! Holy Shit!!

AQ: 5/5
PQ: 5/5
Movie 10/5!

Wonderful and moving story! Sean Penn really outdid himself on this biographical tale of Christopher McCandless, the kid that left his world behind to live (and die) in the wild and wilderbness of Alaska... We get to take a trip across the country in a way that most people will never see.

Sean's direction of this movie is superb! The cinematography is breath taking. The cast was well put together with Vince Vaughn in a small role as well as Hal Holbrook.

I love this movie!

bruceames
03-09-2008, 10:03 PM
OMG! What a movie! Holy Shit!!

AQ: 5/5
PQ: 5/5
Movie 10/5!

Wonderful and moving story! Sean Penn really outdid himself on this biographical tale of Christopher McCandless, the kid that left his world behind to live (and die) in the wild and wilderbness of Alaska... We get to take a trip across the country in a way that most people will never see.

Sean's direction of this movie is superb! The cinematography is breath taking. The cast was well put together with Vince Vaughn in a small role as well as Hal Holbrook.

I love this movie!

Nice, spot on review. I watched this myself last night, and this is about as good as it gets. Very moving and awe-inspiring visuals. Thank God this one made the cut.

mswoods1
03-10-2008, 07:08 AM
Nice... I'm buying it now. It sounded like such a great story so I was hoping it would be good, and two good reviews from bruce and stew will suffice for me to bite the bullet.

MikeRox
03-13-2008, 04:37 AM
Excellent, this is on my "to watch" pile along with Atonement and American Gangster, finally got around to watching Zodiac this week and like all those is a film I'm going into blind. It would seem the HD DVD exclusive studios were really hitting their stride with HDM presentation in HD DVDs final stages. Lets hope when they start releasing Blu-ray they show a few of the lazier studios a thing or two.

Stew4HD
03-13-2008, 08:44 AM
Excellent, this is on my "to watch" pile along with Atonement and American Gangster, finally got around to watching Zodiac this week and like all those is a film I'm going into blind. It would seem the HD DVD exclusive studios were really hitting their stride with HDM presentation in HD DVDs final stages. Lets hope when they start releasing Blu-ray they show a few of the lazier studios a thing or two.

How was Zodiac? I have the other version on SD and it was "just OK".

DSNY FN
03-13-2008, 07:29 PM
I just got this the other day and all I can say is OMFG what an incredible movie and not just the image quality just the overall movie itself I would have been enthralled with it even on SD DVD the movie itself was that good.

Stew4HD
03-14-2008, 06:13 AM
I just got this the other day and all I can say is OMFG what an incredible movie and not just the image quality just the overall movie itself I would have been enthralled with it even on SD DVD the movie itself was that good.

Well said!! I felt much the same way while and after watching it. Heck, I ordered the soundtrack right away.

IMO, Sean Penn and the lead actor, Emile Hirsch, should have won Oscars... the movie is that fricken good!

DSNY FN
03-14-2008, 04:54 PM
Well said!! I felt much the same way while and after watching it. Heck, I ordered the soundtrack right away.

IMO, Sean Penn and the lead actor, Emile Hirsch, should have won Oscars... the movie is that fricken good!


Ya I just pulled the soundtrack off of iTunes the wife loves it.

MikeRox
03-15-2008, 08:22 AM
How was Zodiac? I have the other version on SD and it was "just OK".

Fantastic, PQ is actually bordering on the best HD release I've seen to date. It doesn't outstay it's welcome either despite it's long run time (2 hours 41 minutes). Captivating, it's such a shame HD DVD is finally getting the releases that movie fans would actually want to buy, and it's all been cut prematurely.

dale124
03-15-2008, 11:24 PM
I saw the trailer for this one recently, and thought it looked good. Now that you guys are raving about it, I really must see it!
If they don't have it for rent at my local Rogers store, I may have to buy it blind.

ambientcafe
03-16-2008, 02:50 AM
By far my favorite movie of the past year....achingly beautiful & moving. I guess it's fitting that this will be my last significant HD-exclusive title purchase. It's a good thing I bought a backup player so that I'll be able to enjoy this fine work for years to come -- although we'll likely see the Bluray version at some point in the future. As I have a soft spot for road movies, 'The Wild' will sit proudly next to another of my all-time favorites from this genre -- Ridley Scott's highly-stylized classic, 'Thelma & Louise'. I hope MGM sees fit to remaster this catalogue title on Bluray eventually. Like 'The Wild', 'T & L' is filled w/ great panoramas and Oscar-nominated performances. I LOVE 2.35 movies on my scope screen !

gossamer
03-16-2008, 09:33 AM
I'm not in agreement. I found the movie to be just OK. That said...

My biggest problem was his decision to leave a life that a higher education could've provided and make a bigger impact (possibly politically or medically) on the people around him. Very selfish in my opinion.

Spoiler (highlight to read)

And the ending, although heartbreaking, proves he was not prepared for what that life had in store for him. What a waste of what he could've become.

MikeRox
03-17-2008, 07:59 AM
Don't forget it was a true story though, so you can't really criticise the script writers etc for the decisions made. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it, the missus on the otherhand... think she fell asleep about 4 times. :lol:

gossamer
03-17-2008, 02:30 PM
Don't forget it was a true story ...

Yes I know, which is why it pissed me off.

FreddyC
04-05-2008, 06:06 PM
Just watched this the other night.

Wow......exceeded my expectations, as I had none going in.

I rented it. Not sure if I'm gonna buy it though. It seems to be the type of film that I won't watch repeatedly. But that doesn't mean I don't think it's a damn good film.

If you have not seen it.....give it a rent for damn sure. Freddy

cougardew
04-14-2008, 04:11 PM
This is, without a doubt, one of the best movies I have seen in years. The cinematography rivals some of the scenes from Planet Earth. Even if you hate the story, this is still one of the most beautiful pictures I have ever laid eyes on. Some critics, SPOILER ALERT, say that he was naive and careless, even suicidle. I don't know if that's true or not but what these critics are missing is that this movie is NOT about the destination but rather the journey. This young man had the courage to do what most of can only dream of. Living a life without compromise and living his life with REAL freedom. To have the courage and the will to do what he did is truly an insperation whether it was foolish, or suicidle. Live your dreams, if only for a short while.

meh130
04-14-2008, 10:10 PM
OMG! What a movie! Holy Shit!!

AQ: 5/5
PQ: 5/5
Movie 10/5!

Ugh! Yougottabekiddingme! Narcissistic self-pitying kid starves himself to death.

Zero value add to planet Earth. He had a private school education. He could have done something with it. He was a 22 year old version of "Jeremy" from the Pearl Jam song. The little f*ck should have put a gun in his mouth when he was 14 and saved his family the months of grief later on.

I simply cannot understand how any human can consider Chris McCandless to be heroic. He was the antithesis of heroic, and the very essence of antiheroic. "I'm so naive, full of myself, and arrogant, I starved myself to death!" If the dumbass had ever been a team player, ever been a Boy Scout, ever realized the value of interdependency, he would be alive today. Henry David Thoreau he was not. Hard to believe such a dumbass was only two years younger than me. Grew up in an upper middle class two-parent household and held a grudge against his dad for knocking up his mom during an affair? The kid was clearly mentally ill and incapable of responsibility. He searched for reasons to be miserable, and found them in events before he was even born? That is completely irrational. He is supposed to be a hero? Please. There is some Lt Colonel or Sergeant Major born in 1968 who is a hero. What a joke.

Unfortunately he managed to climb back into the bus before he died. At least if he had died outside, his body might have been eaten by a bear or some vultures, or decomposed and fertilized some plants and would have contributed something of value to planet Earth.

As for the movie, it is two and a half hours of my life I will never ever get back. I had not felt that bad after a movie since The Perfect Storm. But I saw Storm on an airplane, and did not pay for it.

That said, Hal Holbrook was awesome in the movie. He deserved a best supporting actor.

Sean Penn, President of the Film Actors Guild, should be sent to Gitmo just for being Sean Penn.

MikeRox
04-15-2008, 04:40 AM
so... u liked it then?

Chris Gerhard
04-15-2008, 05:30 AM
so... u liked it then?

I bought this HD DVD and I liked the movie a lot. Video and audio quality are good and the soundtrack is awesome with original songs from Eddie Vedder and some familiar songs.

Overall, I don't have a clue what Chris McCandless was doing or why he did it and I don't recall the actual story when it was news. Without trying to make any statement other than he was a likeable young man and for some reason he decided to go off into the wilderness without much preparation, the movie tells his story. It is interesting and straight forward but I get the feeling Sean Penn didn't really have a statement to make regarding what was going on with Chris and decided to just let the viewers make up their minds on their own. It was a great way to approach the story. It does give some ideas, but if you are looking for insight, I guess reading the book and other accounts would be the way to better understand. I won't bother with the story further personally since I expect my ultimate conclusion will be nothing more than he suffered from mental illness.

If you have seen many Disney or Sony Blu-ray releases of late, I don't see how anyone can rate this one 5/5 for video or audio quality but it is good.

Chris

meh130
04-15-2008, 06:03 AM
so... u liked it then?

Let's just say I prefer happy endings, or at least redemptive ones.

I found certain scenes very good. I liked the scenes at Slab City and the scenes with Hal Holbrook.

As for the great wilderness scenes, I honestly did not notice them, even though I saw the movie on the big screen. Maybe it is because having been to some of those places in the film, they seem small even on the big screen.

Amen
05-05-2008, 10:20 AM
Ugh! Yougottabekiddingme! Narcissistic self-pitying kid starves himself to death.

Zero value add to planet Earth. He had a private school education. He could have done something with it. He was a 22 year old version of "Jeremy" from the Pearl Jam song. The little f*ck should have put a gun in his mouth when he was 14 and saved his family the months of grief later on.

I simply cannot understand how any human can consider Chris McCandless to be heroic. He was the antithesis of heroic, and the very essence of antiheroic. "I'm so naive, full of myself, and arrogant, I starved myself to death!" If the dumbass had ever been a team player, ever been a Boy Scout, ever realized the value of interdependency, he would be alive today. Henry David Thoreau he was not. Hard to believe such a dumbass was only two years younger than me. Grew up in an upper middle class two-parent household and held a grudge against his dad for knocking up his mom during an affair? The kid was clearly mentally ill and incapable of responsibility. He searched for reasons to be miserable, and found them in events before he was even born? That is completely irrational. He is supposed to be a hero? Please. There is some Lt Colonel or Sergeant Major born in 1968 who is a hero. What a joke.

Unfortunately he managed to climb back into the bus before he died. At least if he had died outside, his body might have been eaten by a bear or some vultures, or decomposed and fertilized some plants and would have contributed something of value to planet Earth.

As for the movie, it is two and a half hours of my life I will never ever get back. I had not felt that bad after a movie since The Perfect Storm. But I saw Storm on an airplane, and did not pay for it.

That said, Hal Holbrook was awesome in the movie. He deserved a best supporting actor.

Sean Penn, President of the Film Actors Guild, should be sent to Gitmo just for being Sean Penn.

I'm not as passionate about the opinion as you are, but I agree. When I did more research on him after the movie and read the opinions that Alaskans have of Chris, it shined a new light on the 2.5+ hours I spent watching the movie. There were some parts I liked, and the roles were played very well. My dislike for the guy the movie was made about doesn't make Emile Hirsch's job any worse.

In the end, I guess I just don't like how unrealistic these "free spirits" and hippies are.

dea21
05-06-2008, 08:56 AM
I'm not as passionate about the opinion as you are, but I agree. When I did more research on him after the movie and read the opinions that Alaskans have of Chris, it shined a new light on the 2.5+ hours I spent watching the movie. There were some parts I liked, and the roles were played very well. My dislike for the guy the movie was made about doesn't make Emile Hirsch's job any worse.

In the end, I guess I just don't like how unrealistic these "free spirits" and hippies are.

He pretty much died because he was a total idiot! Didn't he realize that once the river melts that he wouldn't be able to cross back over? Also, he thought he could survive on a 10 lbs bag of rice and eating plants from the wilderness. For someone who got a college education the guy was the most dumbest person in the world.

eapleitez
09-04-2008, 12:34 AM
This was a blind buy for me when it came out and I am glad that I got it. One of the best movies I have seen all year. The ending was so powerful, I didn't see that one coming.

admo
09-08-2008, 01:59 PM
This movie is on my must rent list (and the kite runner). I remember reading this book years ago. One of the biggest draws of the book was how the author (Jon Krakauer) was able to research what happened to this kid and why. IIRC, all that was known is that the kid left home on date A, and was found dead on date B. Everything else in the middle Jon Krakauer had to piece together. The book read like a detective novel, following leads, running into dead ends. In some respects it what Jon Krakauer couldn't find out was more intriguing compared to what he could.

Was any of this reflected in the movie, or did it just play out as "this is what happened"?

Chris Gerhard
09-08-2008, 06:50 PM
This movie is on my must rent list (and the kite runner). I remember reading this book years ago. One of the biggest draws of the book was how the author (Jon Krakauer) was able to research what happened to this kid and why. IIRC, all that was known is that the kid left home on date A, and was found dead on date B. Everything else in the middle Jon Krakauer had to piece together. The book read like a detective novel, following leads, running into dead ends. In some respects it what Jon Krakauer couldn't find out was more intriguing compared to what he could.

Was any of this reflected in the movie, or did it just play out as "this is what happened"?

Sean Penn made no attempt to explain why this guy did what he did, only showed events as he believed they happened. I don't know how much was just as the book indicated since I haven't read the book. At least if Sean Penn was trying to indicate why he did what he did, I couldn't determine that from the film. I like "The Kite Runner" really well, better than "Into the Wild".

Chris

robox4
09-09-2008, 02:56 PM
Ugh! Yougottabekiddingme! Narcissistic self-pitying kid starves himself to death.

Zero value add to planet Earth. He had a private school education. He could have done something with it. He was a 22 year old version of "Jeremy" from the Pearl Jam song. The little f*ck should have put a gun in his mouth when he was 14 and saved his family the months of grief later on.

I simply cannot understand how any human can consider Chris McCandless to be heroic. He was the antithesis of heroic, and the very essence of antiheroic. "I'm so naive, full of myself, and arrogant, I starved myself to death!" If the dumbass had ever been a team player, ever been a Boy Scout, ever realized the value of interdependency, he would be alive today. Henry David Thoreau he was not. Hard to believe such a dumbass was only two years younger than me. Grew up in an upper middle class two-parent household and held a grudge against his dad for knocking up his mom during an affair? The kid was clearly mentally ill and incapable of responsibility. He searched for reasons to be miserable, and found them in events before he was even born? That is completely irrational. He is supposed to be a hero? Please. There is some Lt Colonel or Sergeant Major born in 1968 who is a hero. What a joke.

Unfortunately he managed to climb back into the bus before he died. At least if he had died outside, his body might have been eaten by a bear or some vultures, or decomposed and fertilized some plants and would have contributed something of value to planet Earth.

As for the movie, it is two and a half hours of my life I will never ever get back. I had not felt that bad after a movie since The Perfect Storm. But I saw Storm on an airplane, and did not pay for it.

That said, Hal Holbrook was awesome in the movie. He deserved a best supporting actor.

Sean Penn, President of the Film Actors Guild, should be sent to Gitmo just for being Sean Penn.

You just echoed every sentiment I took from the movie. You just said it far better than I ever could have. Thanks :)