Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Into the Wild

This weekend I had the pleasure of watching Into the Wild on DVD. Since watching the movie I couldn't help but scour the internet for everything tidbit of information I could. This is one of those tales that truly gripped me. Christopher McCandless was a very interesting person in my mind, even more so after I took time to do a little more research about him after watching the movie.

One picture I found was a self-portrait, it wasn't in the movie but the picture defines him in my mind. I have so many thoughts swirling around in my head, but I simply cannot break away from just how much strength it would have taken to take this picture, knowing now the story behind it and what he must have been going through. The smile on his face tells so much about his character.

The picture at the end of the movie shows him in a much better light, it is also a self-portrait and shows him sitting outside the "Magic Bus" he found on his journey.

It should be obvious by this point that this movie is based on a true story. It covers the travels of Christopher McCandless, aka Alexander Supertramp. The story takes place from 1990 to 1992 and director Sean Penn does a wonderful job of telling it, however some Hollywoodization of true events is somewhat expected. Also, Christopher didn't keep a very in-depth journal during his travels, so it's hard to say how real events played out during certain periods of time.

Some people have called him crazy, but while he may have been a bit ill-prepared for his adventures, I can respect the type of person he appears to be.

If you haven't seen this movie, please do. I will be picking up the book by the same name in the near future, I suspect it will be a very good read.

Creative Writing Prompt:
Okay, okay, here is one of my pictures I took while I lived in Alaska. All hail The Last Frontier!

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