Monday, May 12, 2008

Into the Wild


When I compile my all-time favourite movies (The Last of the Mohicans, Legends of the Fall, Apocalypto, Gladiator) they all seem to have a common theme- adventure, sweeping landscapes, stirring classical soundtrack, wildness. The kind of movies that you watch and then go to bed and dream of being in a different place in a different time and being wild!

I watched 'Into the Wild' the other night and it's gone straight into my top 5! The amazing true story of Christopher McCandless who sold all he had, gave the money to Oxfam and went to live in the Alaskan wilderness by himself. Read about him here.

The movie covered many thoughts I have had about escape, wildness, society and in particular travelling alone. I have always had a desire to take off by myself on an adventure. Where I'm unknown, free from expectations and responsibility. However I have also spent much time considering if any experience would be true and fulfilled if experienced alone... with no-one to share it or to remember it.

I have asked this question to many travellers that I've met. The story of McCandless is quite emphatic on this. The clip below shows the part of his journey where he is alone and starving and remembering the people he met when he first set out. What he writes is the essence of his story:

'Happiness is only real when shared'



On that note we are looking at 'Community' in TRUE tomorrow night. Don't miss it!

9 comments:

davymull said...

Quality!
Is it out on DVD? u have it? I want to watch it now.

"I have always had a desire to take off by myself on an adventure. Where I'm unknown, free from expectations and responsibility."

- How can we encourage this adventure, wildness, travelling, community, freedom, in our day to day lives?
In the midst of the days that we are currently drifting through.

I want to live it more.
Damn ordinary, settled living.

More please?

Alain Emerson said...

brilliant bro

Anonymous said...

Yes it is quite a movie... I loved it, but felt sad that he felt the need to live so isolated from other people. Remember the scene where the old man wanted to adopt him as his grandson but he just could not commit...

Nina

EilĂ­s said...

the book is excellent - by John Krakauer. he's got several others, one especially about the Everest disaster year 1996, called Into Thin Air.

looking forward to my first True tomorrow night. :)

charlie knox said...

absolutely. superb movie.

have you seen motorcycle diaries? same folks behind it. another tale of travel.

on the movie front, i also think you'd enjoy 'the lives of others'...check it out!

charlie knox said...

absolutely. superb movie.

have you seen motorcycle diaries? same folks behind it. another tale of travel.

on the movie front, i also think you'd enjoy 'the lives of others'...check it out!

Anonymous said...

I was once married to someone who had very similar scars from growing up in a messed up family. So, this movie really hit home for me. People run because they are hurt and are trying to find answers and peace. This movie more than anything screams the cry that these ones contain within themselves. I also see this movie as a warning. We do need each other, so much more than we realize. Who will love these ones who wander and rome? Who will be their friend on the road? Who will call them home? My heart aches for the wanderers. Are we not so much like them? Do we not know the cries and questions? Do we not know who has heard and answered for all humanity? Generousity. Give what you have been given and I will give you more. Do you not know it? Do you not percieve it? It is here and know. Immanuel.

Anonymous said...

I think Chris knew exactly who he was and he was searching for was truth and honesty. It wasn't that he was lost, instead, he wanted to live a life opposite to the ideological western americanised way. one that was not materialist but pure and free from worldly things. i think a lot can be learnt from his actions. i love alaska.

Anonymous said...

i watched that movie last night... brill. 2010 im off on my own, wana come?

sister Joy