Into The Wild

Catching up with some stuff I recorded from the TV over Christmas. Into The Wild, written and directed by Sean Penn, is a true story about a college graduate who reacts against his straight-laced and authoritarian parents by giving away his savings and taking himself off into the wild parts of America: deserts, canyons, forests, mountains. It’s a long, unhurried film and it takes a while to get past your initial impression of the guy as selfish and pompous, but it does feature some wonderful footage of the natural world and some quite touching episodes (he meets a lot of lovely people on the way, and nobody’s out to exploit him). Uplifting, despite the inevitable ending.

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