Capital Celluloid 2024 — Day 79: Tue Mar 19

Into The Wild (Penn, 2007): Prince Charles Cinema, 8.35pm

This is a 35mm presentation.

Time Out review:
Talk about heart-on-your-sleeve cinema. Sean Penn uses cinema as an alternative to the analyst’s couch in this adaptation of Jon Krakauer’s book, which details the fatal journey of Christopher McCandless, a 22-year-old graduate from a comfortable Virginian background who, in 1990, gave his $24,000 savings to Oxfam, hit the road and wandered through California, Arizona and South Dakota before hitchhiking to Alaska, where he ate the wrong berries and died in a rusty old schoolbus in which he’d been camping between hunting moose, dodging bears and reading too much Jack London. Eric Gautier’s photography is beautiful, the pace is swift, Emile Hirsch gives a terrific performance and Penn’s script moves back and forth neatly between the past and the present, cleverly using the bridge of a voiceover from McCandless’ sister (Jena Malone) to sketch a troubled family background.
Dave Calhoun

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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