I along with several friends were very annoyed with Cineworlds screening policy on Wednesday night. As we turned up in at anticipation of watching ‘The Devil’s Double’, but this anticipation soon turned to supreme disappointment because the manager had decided without any prior notice to cancel the showing in favour of adding another showing of ‘The Inbetweeners Movie’. Whilst I appreciate the popularity of this movie and it makes for good business sense for the multiplex chain to add more showings, and as with any service industry it’s all about supply and demand, it did say very little for their customer service and satisfaction.
It seems that many independent / smaller films being released this year or in previous years gone by simply not getting the coverage they deserve. Please add your thoughts and suggestions to the bottom of todays post on how we the movie loving audience, can get the multiplex’s of this world to understand there is a demand for these independent films in most towns and cities.
Ok rant over and on with todays viewing…
#189 / 365 – ‘Into the Wild’ (2007) – 148 mins
IMDb Challenge #115 / 250 – Ranked #145 – Via iTunes
Into the Wild is based on a true story and the bestselling book by Jon Krakauer. After graduating from Emory University in 1992, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch) abandons his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.
Into the Wild wears its naturalism heart on its sleeve from the outset, with this quote from Byron – “There is pleasure in the pathless woods, There is rapture on the lonely shore, There is society where none intrudes, By the deep-sea and the music in its roar; I love not man the less, but Nature more.”
Director Sean Penn interweaves Into the Wild two genres; the road trip and the precarious balance of man versus nature effectively. The cinematography is breathtaking and gives a real sense of scope to the life-affirming journey that was undertaken by Christopher McCandless aka Alexander Supertramp.
Emile Hirsch provides a strong but tranquil central performance, which allows the supporting cast of Vince Vaughan, Kirsten Stewart and Hal Holbrook to shine as the interesting people McCandless meets on his travels.
Into the Wild is not without its flaws and at times you just wish Penn would pick up the pace slightly, but overall it provides a profoundly moving and a though provoking portrait of one mans journey into the wilderness in an attempt to detach from the materialistic and formulaic trappings of modern-day society. Recommended viewing and offers a subject matter that becomes highly discussable afterwards.