Genre Guesstimation – Into the Wild (2007)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Simon of Moustache Movie News and it is Road Trip Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of December by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Simon!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Road Trip Movies.

“When you want something in life, you just gotta reach out and grab it. ” – Chris

Number of Times Seen – 2 (6 Feb 2008 and 11 Dec 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A recent Ivy League college graduate travels through North America trying to find himself and his own free spirit.

My Take on it – This is a film that I really enjoyed both times that I saw it despite having a feeling of being drained both times by watching everything that transpires right before out eyes.

The film is amazingly shot and some of the cinematography is truly breathtaking to watch.

Emile Hirsch does a superb job in the lead role here and he proves how talented an actor he can be because he carries this film all by himself.

I’m a bit surprised that he didn’t get more recognition during Awards season that year.

Really enjoyed the non-linear way that this story was told because it gives us a larger perspective of all that goes on in the story.

I’m also quite amazed at how this film was basically all put together from entries in a journal.

The message of the film is always within our reach but they don’t pound it in.

The main character played by Hirsch feels so familiar which helps us have a stronger connection with him and everything he does.

The characters that he meets along his journey are mostly developed quite richly and that helps give us a great perspective on the kinds of friendships that can blossom on adventures like this one.

They all seem to be seeking similar goals in life yet each choose a different way of trying to get there.

Hal Holbrook’s character Ron really stands out among them all and he deservingly got an Oscar nomination for that (very) small role.

Sean Penn directed this film so expertly which shows that he took good notes while watching other successful director tell their stories.

This film drained me afterwards because it wallops such a powerful punch with what it’s trying to say to us.

Bottom Line – Such an amazingly shot film that does a wonderful job keeping things interesting. The non-linear was that the story is told gives us a grander perspective on the story. Amazing how this story was put together based on journal entries.  We get to feel the message so easily and the main characters seems so familiar a character that he could be a close friend or relative with anyone watching this story unfold. Hirsch does an amazing job with the title role and appears in just about every scene.  I’m a bit surprised that he wasn’t more recognized during Awards season for this role.  Some of the people that he meets on his journey are developed very richly and gives us such an idea of how most souls can all be seeking similar goals but use different methods while trying to get there. Penn does an amazing job directing this film.  The only drawback is that this film pulls you in so deeply that afterwards you might feel completely drained by what has transpired before our eyes. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The watch Emile Hirsch wears in the movie is Christopher McCandless’ real life watch, given to him as a present.  (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Most definitely! Despite this film being very draining, it speak so clearly about what it is trying to tell us about life.

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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8 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – Into the Wild (2007)

  1. Man, we’re on total opposite ends of the spectrum on this one. I hate this movie. I wanted to yank the main character through the screen and beat him with his backpack, to be honest. It just seemed like he made a string of bad decisions trying to make a point he didn’t really have. He was royally pissed with his parents and I couldn’t grasp why. By the time it got to the end I had no idea what the point of it all was. I’m sorry, dude. I just couldn’t with this movie.


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