“Into the Wild” stars Emile Hirsh and co-stars Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, and Hal Holbrook. It’s screenplay was written by Sean Penn, who also directed this stunning feature.
After graduating from College, Christopher McCandless burns all his money, donates all of his savings to charity, and sets out into the wilderness of Alaska. This leads him to many different characters who change his way of life and help set him in the right direction. These characters include many hippies and a lonely old man who enjoys his company and wants to adopt him.
Emile Hirsh deserved an Oscar nomination for his heroic performance here. This is one of the most memorable performances all year. Keep in mind that this is a character study and that Emile Hirsh had to study this man and his remarkable goal in life in order to capture the true essence of this true life character. The scenery is breathtaking and shot very well. Academy Award Nominee Hal Holbrook gave a emotionally unforgettable performance that might make the eyes a little misty, crowning him the well-deserved nomination he received.
This might be hailed as Sean Penn’s masterpiece. It will be hard to top a film with such power and heart, let alone find a story this riveting. This is one of the best films of 2007 with a poignant and dedicated performance by Hirsh. A timeless film that will rest in the hearts of many long after viewing it. I will never forget the extraordinary adventure that Christopher McCandless (aka Alexander Supertramp) ensued to reach his goal in life and ultimately leave behind a legend. This is one to watch. One to savor for years to come.
I highly recommend this film, for it was an all around first-rate motion picture. I was thoroughly engaged during it’s entire 140 minute running time. Nominated for two Oscars, including best supporting actor, this was a moving and passionate film geared towards reviving a legend in the most superior way possible, and succeeds in just that.