Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Into the Wild

Over the weekend I got to see an exceptional new film by director Sean Penn called Into the Wild. I had read the book years ago, and I am pleased to say that this is one of those rare treats where the film is as good, if not better than the book. The film is one of those movies where you come out feeling moved, changed by the experience. This tale of a young college graduate who goes on a journey of self-exploration and who eventually finds himself trapped in an old bus in Alaska, is a poignant true story. The film operates as a road movie, and is beautifully shot, capturing the most natural of moments. The acting here is top notch, and I look for it to be remembered at Oscar time. Emille Hirsch simply embodies this character so thoroughly that he flows in and out of scenes seamlessly. If this movie comes to your local theater, check it out. website

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