Genre Grandeur – Into the Wild (2007) – Encore Review – MovieRob

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Travel Films here’s a review of Into the Wild (2007) by me

Thanks again to Rebecca of Almost Ginger for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s genre has been chosen by Nick Rehak of French Toast Sunday and we will be reviewing our favorite Biographical Films.

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

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

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:


“I read somewhere how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong… but to feel strong.” – Christopher McCandless

Number of Times Seen – 3 (6 Feb 2008, 11 Dec 2017 and 28 Apr 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A recent college graduate decides to travel across North America in order to find himself and his purpose in the world.

My Take on it –This movie was a natural choice for me to choose it to revisit for this months genre because it’s such a poignant tale that says so much about so many different things along the way

It has such an amazingly powerful story that resonates so well throughout.

Emile Hirsch gives a superb performance as the lead character and makes us believe all that transpires here.

The fact that this is based on real events says so much about the story and how impactful it can be.

It is quite easy to see that this was a labor of love for Director Sean Penn who spent so long trying to put this story to screen.

It still amazes me that the story is compiled via the entries in the main characters journal over the course of his travels.

The people that we meet along the way feel so real and genuine in all that they do and say and Hal Holbrook stands out among them.

He deservingly was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his very powerful few minutes of screen time here.

The cinematography is wondrous to look at and we get to see so many beautiful landscapes across the continent.

The film’s message is quite powerful and it is somewhat enhanced by the non-linear way that the story unfolds.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Sean Penn waited ten years to make the film to make sure he had the approval from the McCandless family. (From IMDB)

Rating – ?? Worthy (?/10) (no change from original review)


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One thought on “Genre Grandeur – Into the Wild (2007) – Encore Review – MovieRob

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