Saturday, December 20, 2008

And Now I Walk Into The Wild

Last night I finally was able to watch the movie "Into The Wild!" I read the book sometime ago and ever since the movie was released, I have been dying to see it. From the start, I knew the movie would never be as good as the book, but what movie is better than its book? Seriously, I want to know!

Now, I am a very comfortable in saying that this book, and movie, brought some emotion out of me. I'm not sure about any others, but there are certain parts, which I will not spoil for any of you who have not read the book, that make me tear a bit. If you don't believe me, just go read the book. Don't watch the movie because the book is better. Yes people, it takes longer to read a book, but you get so much more out of it!

I recently bought my favorite musical artist's, Ryan Adams, books, which I will probably blog about sometime down the road. I found it hilarious and so true that his dedication for one of the books, named "Infinity Blues," is as follows:

"For Bug and for people who still read these things."

If you haven't caught on yet, this is me suggesting that you read this book, if you have the extra 30 minutes a night to sacrifice to an amazing book. A brief overview of the book and Chris McCandless' story is actually printed on the cover, which I have provided above. But, if you are too lazy, cannot read, or just don't have the time, I guess I'll let it slide if you watch the movie!

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  1. josh if u have time, u should try reading Gates of fire by steven pressfield.

    its the story of the 300, not in the same story style of the movie. More of a classic retelling of the story base on facts and stuff.

  2. I must admit that I am glad you liked the film but I was very upset with the way it turned out. I know that you can say "it was based on a true story" but at the same time they needed to either find a better way to make it appeal to the masses.

    I have not read the book, and I am sure that it is better (books usually are better than the films that they portray) but I felt this movie lacked a lot. I understand they were trying to make it very similar to his life, but still.

    I guess part of me is that as cool of an experience this was for him, and I hate to be the Debbie downer here, but what did he think was going to happen? I mean, a guy that has no out doors training, and was basically going on his Gander Mountain spring break, would not be expected to last as long as he did.

    I mean, sure, he saw some cool things. He learned a lot about himself. And he maybe even inspired and changed some lives. But I compare this to Steve Irwin. Here is a guy that hangs out with alligators for a living. He gets bit and wants someone to feel sorry for him?

    I will keep this short because I do not want to overload your comments section, but as good of a movie as it was (and no one could have played a better role than he) it did not do anything to impress me.

  3. Ricky, thank you for the deep, well thought out comment. I totally understand why you say all of this. Here's what I'd like you to do:

    Pick up the book from your local bookstore. It's very cheap! Read it, with attention. Then, rent the movie and watch it.

    I promise you will connect with the movie so much more. That's what happened to me and it was wonderful, so I suggest you do that, then get back to me.

    But, Hollywood can't expect everyone to do that, so I see where you're coming from. Either way, it's a great story in my mind and will always be.