Sunday, April 06, 2008

Into the Wild

Finally got Sean Penn's "Into the Wild " off my wish list.Have been wanting to watch it for a while , I missed it when it hit the theatres.Got the CD from netflix and as I had thought the movie was more poetic than I read in the media.The life and death of Chris (read here) gets a new life through this movie and kudos to Sean Penn for making it.

Emile Hirsch has done a fantastic job as Chris.Infact every one of them in the cast seemed alive to me, especially Hal Holbrook( he deserved 'the' nomination).

The movie leaves you with a feeling of loss and admiration,loss of a friend,son,bother..and admiration for someone who tried to defy all odds to get what he wanted,however stupid it may seem to the rest of the world.

Genre: Drama
Starring: Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Jena Malone, Catherine Keener
Director: Sean PennScreenwriter: Sean PennProducer: Sean Penn ,Art Linson, Bill Pohlad

Composer: Michael Brook, Kaki King, Eddie Vedder


Id it is said...

I remember reading about him someplace and I wondered whether it's possible, at all, to give up so much!
I'd be curious to see what Sean Penn did with it. Thanks for sharing this and also the fact that Rushdie is now teaching at Emory. Is that a recent happening?

As for 'id' which believe it or not is an English word not used quite as often, and if used at all is used either sheepishly or apologetically. This is how a dictionary defines it: "the part of the psyche, residing in the unconscious, that is the source of instinctive impulses that seek satisfaction in accordance with the pleasure principle and are modified by the ego and the superego before they are given overt expression.
[Origin: 1920–25;"

kannan udayarajan said...


I think Rushdie accepted the position at Emory almost an year back.

As for the movie ,I think before giving it a shot, you should read the novel by the same name by Jon Krakauer.

So why are you apologetic about your 'id'?


Deb said...

I have a relatively different take on this movie (and book). It seems to me that Chris suffered from Schizophrenia. Certain aspects of his childhood (for ex when he left his house one night as a child and wandered to a stranger's home) as well as his oppositional tendencies, avoidance and shutting off from his sister and parents, and poorly thought out plan to do what he did, point to this illness.

I believe Schizophrenia has been suggested in the past by others in the mental health field. Not to make light or devalue of his life, or disrespect the tragedy of his story, but perhpas looking at the Schizophrenia could be a meaningful and helpful tool for his family, all who loved him and others who might be suffering with the disorder.

Just my 2 psychological cents.

kannan udayarajan said...

Guess you are right..but dont all of us as kids do a bit of all these things?Again if you look at his writings, he seems to be rather clear regarding what he wants in life and how he wants to do it..

Well ,we will never know..

Id it is said...

"So why are you apologetic about your 'id'?" You really made me think with that one!

Well, the blog is indeed an apology of sorts; if one really has something to say then why not write a novel, a short story, even a poem, or an article in a newspaper. And, if you don't really want to go public on your thoughts then why post them on the net for all to read. There is the element of 'id' here that makes me believe that what I write on my blog may be of enough interest to another, even a stranger, for him/her to spend valuable time reading it! That is sheer presumptuousness on my part or in other words:
'id it is' for which I apologize!

kannan udayarajan said...

I guess you should really go ahead and write a book..or else we all will be forced to rename our blogs..:)


Id it is said...

Good one!

praney ! said...

Sounds interesting.

It's off your list and now 'On' my list.

Thanks for informing.

Id it is said...

No postings in a while...?

patrick said...

McCandless's story is tragic, but then so many people have benefited from hearing it... a couple of years of hitchhiking and camping made a story that now challenges thousands (millions?) of people to reexamine their lives