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Into the Wild

Into the Wild

Date: Jan 02 2008

Themes: Pop Culture

Intro

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Most people have a slight desire to get rid of all of their possessions and hit the road. Christopher McCandless gave in to that idea. Shortly after graduating from college, he gave everything he had away and traveled for two years.

He came to Alaska where he hunted to survive. Eventually, he accidentally ate some poisoned seeds and his adventures came to an end. He was found dead in an abandoned bus.

In 1996, Jon Krakauer turned McCandless’ story into a book called Into the Wild. The book was recently made into a movie with a soundtrack by Pearl Jam vocalist Eddie Vedder. Listen to Marni and Amanda talk about it.

Dialog

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Marni

Marni

Amanda

Amanda

Marni:  Oh my God, best book.

Amanda:  I know.

Marni:  Into the Wild. I actually just saw the movie.

Amanda:  You did?

Marni:  Yes. I loved the book and I loved the movie. Very different takes on a very classic story of yearning and loss and…it’s beautiful.

Amanda:  I agree and what I like is it could pretty much apply to anyone of any age because…

Marni:  Yes!

Amanda:  Just the storyline, like you said, of the coming of age and growing pains, and the general concept, it doesn’t matter when it takes place or who’s reading or watching the movie, anyone can appreciate it.

Marni:  Yeah. It was a true story, obviously, it was a real person who did this and I think it’s so interesting that so many people were attracted to his story. I read the book and I was just crying and I was so moved by it! I felt that way in the film too. I think Sean Penn obviously felt the same way. Brilliant director, it was beautifully shot...

Amanda:  I was actually real impressed with his directing skills because I don’t really think of Sean in that way.

Marni:  Oh really?

Amanda:  Yeah.

 

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Discussion

Amanda and Marni agree that Into the Wild is a great book and movie because the story is something that anyone of any age can identify with. The story of traveling, meeting people and becoming wiser is, in a way, everyone’s story.

But, or course, everyone doesn’t die in a bus in Alaska or get sung about by Eddie Vedder. Into the Wild truly is a remarkable story and Sean Penn did a good job of directing it, even though Amanda didn’t really think of him as a director before.

Have you ever been on a long journey? Have you ever spent a lot of time in the wilderness?

 

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etterci

Brazil

Oh! I haven´t seen this movie yet and I haven’t been on a long journey, neither! 

11:24 PM May 10 2015 |

SANG891

SANG891

Hong Kong

Like

06:27 AM Nov 27 2012 |

Youth

Youth

Saudi Arabia

" I walk now into the wild" is the kind of movies I prefer. The movie ends, but your head starts giving birth to new views of life. There is much wisdom in the story. You don't just watch a movie, but learn a lesson.

" HPPINESS IS ONLY REAL WHEN SHARED"

that's right Smile

09:26 PM Jan 28 2010 |

mickee85

mickee85

Philippines

I've seen the movie but I haven't read the book yet. I freakin' love this movie, Kristen Stewart is in there, one of my favorite actor.

04:07 AM Oct 02 2009 |

akacsan

akacsan

United States

I've seen the movie and read the book also, it's a nice story about how to let go all the things you possess, you fear to loose, so by this way how to reach ultimate freedom.

I've never been a long journey like this, but it's seems to be fun! : )

06:34 AM Sep 26 2009 |

Noor-alhalabi

Jordan

nice

11:12 PM Jun 03 2009 |

Salva79

Salva79

Italy

Great Movie…one my favourites…and great music as well!

01:20 PM Aug 31 2008 |

Salva79

Salva79

Italy

GREAT MOVIE! One of my favourite ones ever…and the soundtrack is simply sick…

01:20 PM Aug 31 2008 |

jana.czech

jana.czech

Czech Republic

I watched this movie just last night, and it is great!!!! I agree that "anyone of any age can identify with" some moments there. A movie that keeps sounding in your soul for many days. And great music.

Happiness is only real when shared. 

06:22 PM Jul 13 2008 |

jana.czech

jana.czech

Czech Republic

I watched this movie just last night, and it is great!!!! I agree that "anyone of any age can identify with" some moments there. A movie that keeps sounding in your soul for many days. And great music.

Happiness is only real when shared. 

06:22 PM Jul 13 2008 |

Haureo

Haureo

Brazil

Hello people.

I am not finding the book INTO THE WILD in my little city neither in others cities.

Is there anyone who can borrow it to me?

Please, contact me in :

Thanks!

Haureo 

06:22 PM Mar 29 2008 |

fjoan

fjoan

China

I just finished the movie,I was moved by the super traveler~

I wonder I can go into the wild and leave the city to enjoy my own life one day~

 

02:21 PM Mar 29 2008 |

sesoo

sesoo

China

done!

04:00 AM Jan 09 2008 |

September001

Russian Federation

had history

05:52 PM Jan 08 2008 |

September001

Russian Federation

Had history

05:51 PM Jan 08 2008 |

dozero

Turkey

yes right

 

04:00 PM Jan 07 2008 |

cql007

China

It is a sad story.

11:06 AM Jan 07 2008 |

lxiron

lxiron

China

a good  story ,I have read all content ,and testing all right

01:28 AM Jan 07 2008 |

ccarol

Taiwan

It really needs great courage to abandon all your possessions and let yourself into the wild. It is hard to do but I think it will be a good experience. Because there is only one life~! I am truly yeaning for this "into the wild"

05:04 AM Jan 06 2008 |

role

role

China

great lesson~!

04:29 AM Jan 06 2008 |

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