Into the Wild
For any of you out there who hasn’t seen or even heard of this movie, here’s a trailer so that you may get acquainted with the spirit of the film. Also, shame on you.
The movie is based off of the book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer.
So, about the book…
Jon Krakauer had decided to do some investigative journalism to uncover the entire story behind Christopher McCandless tragic death in the Alaskan wilderness. His corpse had been found decaying in the back of an old bus in the middle of nowhere by a few hunters. Chris had a small journal with him and some other possessions which helped Krakauer to investigate the past 2 years since the time that Chris had disappeared from his old life.
With what Krakauer uncovered, and with the help of the McCandless family, he was able to produce a story about a boy who grew tired of living in a safe routine with money being the only reward for all of his efforts. He gave up his education, tuition, personal money and vehicle to tramp around North America with very few material possessions in search of deeper spiritual meaning. He wanted to separate himself from the shallow and superficial things in life. He wanted to experience life in it`s most raw and basic form. He wanted to find out what he was really capable of when it counted. He wanted adventure and to feel alive! The book was written in a matter of fact way with some personal stories by Krakauer and interviews with those who Chris had crossed paths with on his journey around North America.
Back to the movie…
The movie itself stayed fairly true to the novel, except it was tweaked slightly in areas to provide a better experience for the viewer. Certain dialogue was edited in areas to create a more dramatic effect or greater emotional impact, but the movie accurately portrayed the life of Christopher McCandless according to the book by Jon Krakauer.
This may sound like a sad movie, and yes there are definitely moments that are sad in it. However, it is also a movie packed full of inspirational quotes, motivation for life, great literature and it on top of that, it can plant seeds of adventure directly into your spirit. Especially those who are already prone to adventures in their lives.
When it came to Chris` attitude towards modern society and capitalism, it woke up something inside of me. Something that said, I had always known this, but never had the words to describe it before now.
I could also share in his frustration with his Father issues. I’ve read just about every book that was mentioned in Into the Wild and some of them have become my favorite books. Some of those books have included novels by Jack London, Leo Tolstoy and Henry David Thoreau. They all speak to the strength of the human spirit, the corruption of society and the beauty of nature.
At 22, this movie encouraged me to take my leap of faith towards living and working in New Zealand and around the world.
So when I was living there, I had decided that I was going to try and find the book which the movie was based on. Yet, it was notoriously difficult to locate, and not because they just didn’t have it in stock. The shopkeepers would tell me other travelers came in looking for the same book all the time. It was in high demand because it pushed people to be daring and adventurous. This movie resonated with people all around the world, because sometimes people need to be reminded that life can actually be about more than just chasing that next paycheck. It`s just a daring and risky way of living, which can either end with immense success or, as in Chris`s case, great tragedy.
Inspirational Quotes From Into The Wild
“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.” – Walden, Henry David Thoreau
“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”
“You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living.”