Based on a true story. After graduating from Emory University in 1992, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters who shape his life.
If there was a film that I was pleasantly surprised with, especially starring an actor I am not a very big fan of, this would be the film. Emile Hirsch surprised me in this film and his remarkable take on Christopher McCandless inspired by a true story was phenomenal. I’ve never really dove deep into Hirsch’s work as I have only seen ‘The Girl Next Door’, but given the right role’s, Hirsch can flourish. Now to me Hirsch doesn’t have a very outstanding resume and that is why I had low expectations upon viewing this film researching his past roles. This film blew me out of the water, simple as that.
Christopher (Hirsch) grew up with troubled parents who on the verge of divorce, planned to stick it out for the sake of their two kids, but never knew how detrimental they were on playing their role as well nourished and loving parents. This led to Christopher’s departure and there we are taken on his two year journey to his dream destination, Alaska. We learn throughout the film of why Christopher has taken on this journey and we also learn his perspectives of life as he encounters various strangers along his way. This is a story about adventure, survival and living free. We are instantly pitted into Christopher’s struggles living in the wilderness, but also realize how big money plays into surviving in this harsh world. As the film progresses throughout Christopher’s two year adventure, so do we. I don’t know about you but I enjoy movies that instantly connect you with their characters and you tend to feel just about every emotion this character is going through progressively.
This film delivers on all counts, from its character development to its beautiful cinematography, this movie was instantly etched into my must see recommendation list. Go watch this now and experience the life of spontaneity, freedom, adventure and the wilderness that we all seek for.