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post #31 of 108
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You needn't bow, in your case a curtsy will do.

I do have a sense of humor, and that is funny, even if you didn't mean it to be.

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post #32 of 108
You're a sport Aliens, now I'm totally disarmed.

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post #33 of 108
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Kind Regards

Same here.
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Group hug!
post #35 of 108
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Originally Posted by jdrumm View Post

The movie is about a post-adolescent young man who leaves a dysfunctional home to follow his dream. His "loser pals" are simply some folks that, for better or worse, have chosen alternative lifestyles. I doubt most of them think of themselves as losers; it's distressing that some can so cavalierly categorize them.

Penn has provided us with a moving story about an individual that decided to follow his own path unapologetically, showing both the positive and negative impact on those he meets and those who love him. I found Chris McCandless portrayed in some scenes as noble/heroic, in others foolish. Arrogant? I didn't see that. Idiotic? Yes, at times . . . like any young person.

As far as length is concerned: There are some films that are enhanced by a longer and more thoughtful treatment. This is one of them. One of the most affecting films of the past decade . . .

Penn provided me with a story that moved me-right out of my seat. This is one of the most boring stupid movies EVER! It was about 90 minutes too long. No wonder no one is watching the Oscars anymore.
post #36 of 108
^^^ LOL Now that's a funny review!
post #37 of 108
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Originally Posted by Tom Brennan View Post

Spyder my point is that knowing what happens isn't a spoiler because knowing it doesn't spoil anything. It's not like the picture has some kind of a twist or trick ending.

And frankly, those for whom this picture would be "spoiled" by such knowledge are not worth the consideration. There's too much dumbing down as it is, read the "Dumbing of America" by Paul Fussel; interesting, funny too.

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Wow, you just seem too perfect.
post #38 of 108
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Originally Posted by E-A-G-L-E-S View Post

Wow, you just seem too perfect.

Alas, it only seems that way. But thanks for the compliment.

But seriously, I don't think that those who are intelligent, well read and know what's going on need apologize for it nor hide their light under a bushel nor kow-tow to the willfully ignorant.
post #39 of 108
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You needn't bow, in your case a curtsy will do.

LOL, Brennan, you are a master of the snappy retort.
post #40 of 108
I enjoyed this film, and it certainly sucks you in as a viewer. I was amazed when I glanced at the DVD player and realized I was over an hour in already, it seemed like about 15 minutes.

I can also seperate my appreciation for the film from my opinion of Mccandless. The film is extremely well-executed, but I don't have the same high opinion of Mccandless. It seems that, like Timothy Treadmill who was mentioned earlier in the thread, he didn't respect nature very much. He jumped into the Colorado river with zero kayaking experience and he dove into the Alaskan wilderness without so much as a map. Either of those experiences could have easily killed him, as could have several other events in the course of his life. But then, he was just a young adult, and young adults, no matter how well-educated, just do dumb things at times. Pretty realistic, I thought.

One film that this movie reminded me alot of is "The World's Fastest Indian." Not that the main characters are very similar, other than being extremely likable people, but the southwestern settings and theme of interacting with good & decent people are very similar.
post #41 of 108
I want to see a movie about the guy that drove the bus into the woods.
post #42 of 108
If I remember right the bus carcass was flown in back when there had been mining going on in the area as shelter for the workers.
post #43 of 108
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Originally Posted by paul416 View Post

Penn provided me with a story that moved me-right out of my seat. This is one of the most boring stupid movies EVER! It was about 90 minutes too long.

I have to agree with that. Well before the 2-hour mark, my wife asked if he was going to die. My reply -- I hope it's soon
post #44 of 108
Dang!
I gotta watch this movie.
With all the action this has created at the Forum, it must be experienced....
post #45 of 108
Sorry if this offends anyone (actually, I don't care). I have not read this entire thread, but my experience is that many of the usual criticisms of this book and/or film and, particularly, McCandless himself are simply a "parroting" of ideas that people have read or seen elsewhere in reviews prior to, and even after, reading the book and/or viewing the film.

Provide some original insight or shut up.

/curtsy
post #46 of 108
"Into the Wild" was both boring and memorable, with beautiful scenery and good acting performances.

Ive known guys tha drop out out of society for a time, its far from an unheard of phenomenom. I used to have a roommate who spent 6 months every year in this forbidding area of North Carolina called Linville Gorge, a place so forbidding, each time i go camping there, I swear we almost dont make it.

Anyways, Kirsten Hunter (19) does a memorable performance opposite Emile Hirsch as Jailbait, towards the middle of the film.

post #47 of 108
No Oscars deserved here, but plenty of Darwin Awards earned.
post #48 of 108
lol, this is definitely one I don't want to watch again.
post #49 of 108
We watched this over the weekend and I must say that having an unlikable lead does bias me against liking the movie.

His pseudo-intellectual clap-trap reeked of hypocrisy and lack of respect for anything and everything around him.
God forbid he would help others or dedicate his life for a just cause.
He's no idealist, he's a self absorbed little crybaby.

His parents were egotistical, uncaring, nonsupporting and "mean" to him?
BFD, get over it you sniveling little $hit.
Take all the good stuff you received from your high-class upgringing and move on!

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Dying in Alaska in the middle of the summer is quite laughable and ironic.
Given the circumstances of his life-choice (i.e. living out in the wild and reaching the Final Destination [Alaska]) he failed miserably and didn't even survive a single winter there...

The sweet irony.
This is a movie (and a book apparently) about an answer nobody asked...

It is otherwise beautifully filmed...
post #50 of 108
Yea he could have been over in the Middle East lighting hundreds of oil wells on fire; or burying soldiers alive in their trenches with bulldozers, like the civilized world was doing right around then.

How dare he turn introspective.
post #51 of 108
Perhaps I was too harsh...
Maybe I fail to see the reason why a person like that would deserve their own book and movie.

It's not like he cured polio.
In fact, he accomplished nothing other than devastating his own family.

I guess I'm too demanding.
I demand that cinematic heroes are useful in some way...
Case in point, Denzel's character in "American Gangster" (also a fact-based movie) despite the trail of devastation he left during his reign as a drug lord, he showed extraordinary innovative spirit as an entrepreneur...
post #52 of 108
There is a Yiddish word that perfectly describes the lead character:

SCHMUCK!!
post #53 of 108
It seems this was a big success in The States, right?

It bombed in the UK. I don't know anyone who saw it and didn't even spot it when it was in theatres. If it wasn't for the Internet I wouldn't even know it existed. It was only released on DVD last month, it may do better on the home formats.

I'll likely check it out, Penn is one of the few great actors who is also a great director.
post #54 of 108
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It seems this was a big success in The States, right?

No, as best I can recall, it opened poorly, and sank quickly. Thus the reason for its release on DVD so soon after its theatrical release.
post #55 of 108
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No, as best I can recall, it opened poorly, and sank quickly. Thus the reason for its release on DVD so soon after its theatrical release.

I can believe that.
I don't know what Sean Penn was smoking when he decided to make this Tripe of a movie.
Whatever he was smoking, he apparently shared it with Eddie Vedder...
Yikes!
What a waste of collective talent...
post #56 of 108
He was puffing the smoke of a billion campfires that were lit during a time of a much simpler existence...
post #57 of 108
I watched this a couple of weeks ago and thought it was good, not great. Like some, I thought it could've been cut to 2 hours or so.

Judging from a couple of the overly harsh comments in this thread (one who obviously forgot to take his meds), let me just say; if you have children, expect them to do what Christopher McCandless did - leave you - without telling your sorry a$$. Have a great day.
post #58 of 108
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Originally Posted by Aliens View Post

...if you have children, expect them to do what Christopher McCandless did - leave you - without telling your sorry a$$...

No harm; no foul.
post #59 of 108
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let me just say; if you have children, expect them to do what Christopher McCandless did - leave you - without telling your sorry a$$. Have a great day.

Ha! Bitter much?

You don't have to project your personal experiences on us.
I have 3 kids, one of which is almost 20, is a college student and lives at home, thank you very much.

I guess it may be a cultural thing, my family has no experience of abandonment.
We all stick together through thick and thin.

I guess I'll go back on my meds now...
post #60 of 108
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Originally Posted by Andrikos View Post

You don't have to project your personal experiences on us.

Uh, what did you do here? BTW, I wasn’t referring to you when I mentioned the meds.

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His pseudo-intellectual clap-trap reeked of hypocrisy and lack of respect for anything and everything around him.
God forbid he would help others or dedicate his life for a just cause.
He's no idealist, he's a self absorbed little crybaby.

His parents were egotistical, uncaring, nonsupporting and "mean" to him?
BFD, get over it you sniveling little $hit.
Take all the good stuff you received from your high-class upgringing and move on!

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Originally Posted by Andrikos View Post

I have 3 kids, one of which is almost 20, is a college student and lives at home, thank you very much.

I could jump all over you about how kids never leave home until they are 50 in todays world, but I don’t know your experience. So, unlike others, it isn’t my place to judge someone whose shoes I haven’t walked in.
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