I’m about 2 years behind the times with regard to watching Into The Wild – the movie, based on the book by John Krakauer, based on the life of Christopher McCandless (aka Alexander Supertramp). Last weekend, I finally sat down and watched it.
I first heard about Alexander Supertramp’s tragic adventure on an episode of 20/20 many years ago so I knew the general theme and how it ended, but I wanted to feel inspired. Much of the music is by Eddie Vedder, and I found the melancholy sound of his voice suited the movie well. At times, it seemed to move a little too slow though (the movie runs 2.5 hours). The director, Sean Penn, was surely trying to capture the power of nature with certain shots.
It was great to see how Chris’ life touched so many people he encountered. I haven’t read the book yet, but I got the sense that the movie was a close adaptation. After all, he lived the last few years of his life in a way that is absolutely made for Hollywood.
Here is the long version of the (the bolded) quote I recently came across:
” 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 conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous 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.”?
— Christopher McCandless
What did you think of the book, movie, or the way he chose to live his final few years?