“Into The Wild”, A Tragic Search For Spirituality
“Into The Wild” the title vibes with the plot of the movie.
“I read somewhere how important it is in life to not necessarily to be strong but to feel strong, to measure yourself at least once”, says Chris, a young man who has abandoned his rich parents, sister, and all the wealth and materialistic pleasure of the world he grew up in, in search of adventure and to find his true self. He is a prolific student and an athlete who chooses to go alone on a journey and into the wilderness of Alaska instead of building a career for himself.
The title of the movie is “Into the Wild” which is based on the novel of the same name by Jon Krakauer. The novel and the film both are non-fictional and based on the true story of Christopher McCandless. The movie is directed and produced by Sean Penn. The lead role of Christopher is played by Emile Hirsch. Other major characters in the movie are played by Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Jena Malone, Catherine Keener, Brian Dierker, Vince Vaughn, Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Stewart, and Hal Holbrook. In the movie, Emile is portrayed as a person whose childhood was disturbed due to his parents’ constant quarrels.
He has no interest in the fortune of his parents. When he decides to set out on his trip to Alaska, he chooses not to say in contact with his family which later makes them anxious and worried. As he starts his journey, his car gets caught in a flash flood, and he decides to travel by hitchhiking and on foot. On his trip, he meets a lot of people, finds out a lot of things about nature, and learns how to survive without the conventional way of living. But he ends up dying alone in a van after he confuses a poisonous plant for an edible one. In his dying moment, he realizes that real happiness only comes when you share it with other people, and the best way to live, is to live around the people you love.
The movie has a great screenplay and selection of music that suits the situation of the movie. The dedication of the actor to lose weight for the character as he moves ahead in his journey is praiseworthy. The director chooses to show the real picture of Christopher McCandless at the end of the movie is a great idea of stating the reality to the audiences. All in all, the movie is great regarding both for the eyes as well as for the heart.
There lies a deeper meaning to the things Chris does in the movie. His actions manifest his desire to completely abandon a privileged life and go back to a more primitive lifestyle. The part where he burns money is the one that stood out to me the most. It contradicted the “American dream.” Many people in Chris’s shoes would’ve wished for the life he had: a college degree, a wealthy family, and a better life. However, Chris did not care about the materialistic things in life. He wanted contentment. He wanted to be happy. So, he gave up on all the things he had, ran from his family and the problems to live a life of contentment. In the end, everybody wants to be happy. Just like Buddha, he went out into the wild in pursuit of a content life.
The movie brings up a feeling of nostalgia and the need to pursue something more than just worldly joys. It encourages us to set out on a journey away from the conservative world and to meet new people and visit desolate places, but at the same time, it also conveys a message to the audiences that family and the people we love should not be left behind in despair while we set out for our goal. Perpetual love is needed to have a good life. This movie can be a movie that adults, as well as teenagers, can be motivated from.