This is not just a movie. It’s the story that belongs to us all: it’s that wild and ancient call that accompanies our life; it’s the crossroad we face when we need to choose; it’s a natural and genuine sense of reality that we – sooner or later – lose. This story screams out to the outside world although to the viewer’s soul first.
It’s the real story of Cristopher McCandless – aka Alexander Supertramp – who abandons his life and leaves all and everything behind after reaching what his parents thought as necessary. His will is iron as is his ultimate journey destination: Alaska, and the beings that live in it. A long trip enriched by human contacts, breathtaking landscapes and traveled with that sort of freedom that belongs to every single human being from birth.
Technically, this movie is superb. Divided into chapters as an adventure romance, Into the Wild shakes your soul and causes questions, memories and hopes. At the end of the movie, viewers feel like the woman in the first shot: panicked, they question themselves. Sean Penn, in his first performance as director, gives us a majestic piece of cinema undoubtedly enriched by an extraordinary soundtrack by Eddie Vedder.
I encourage you to watch it with your children, with your best friends, with your beloved… and to find your inspiration.