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Thought: “Into the Wild” the novel by Jon Krakauer…

So this weekend, I finished reading the original novel of “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer that was later adapted into a film made by the great Sean Penn. Like always, the books are always different from the adapted films. Let me tell you that the novel “Into The Wild” is very different from the film Sean Penn made. Pretty much the same story about Christopher McCandless, but Sean Penn left so much important stuff out of the book that wasn’t in the movie. I picked up the novel at the bookstore a few weeks ago, it only took me a week to read since the book is only around 200 pages long, very short novel.

The stuff that Sean Penn didn’t put in the film:

-The book was written by the author’s point of view, he was telling the story from friends and family of Chris McCandless by interviews. In the film the movie was narrated Jena Malone who played Chris’s sister, Carine. (the real Carine McCandless helped Sean Penn write the narration for the script by the way)

-Chris McCandless helped prostitutes/hookers and homeless people by giving them money and food, even making friends with them.

-Chris McCandless was busted and put in jail for a while after being caught on the train.

-Chris’s real parents visited the bus 142 shortily after they learned Chris died there, I was dissapointed that Sean Penn didn’t put that in the film, that would have been a perfect ending.

The book is definitely way different and a very good read. Sean Penn totally had his own vision of the film. Basically all the scenes in the movie were taken from the book, some the dailouge was taken from the book as well, but there are some scenes in the film that wasn’t in the book that Sean created himself.

Living out in the wild and living off the land to be away from society may sound fun and amazing, but the truth is, it’s dangerous. People just don’t realize how dangerous nature and the wild can be. Chris McCandless wasn’t the only person who dissapeared and lived off the land in the wild, there are plenty out there and most died from it too. Chris McCandless never wanted to die that soon, he put out an SOS note begging people to save him and rescue him from the bus 142 before he passed.

I’m sure there are plenty of people today in this world who just dissapear to live in the woods to be away from society. Think why there are so many missing people reported in the news, you never know if they’re dead or out in hiding away from everything. These people will be found when they want to be found. I think Chris McCandless’s story was made famous because his story is almost identical to Jack London’s book “The Call of the Wild” which is why people became fascinated.

If you enjoy the movie, “Into the Wild”, I’d reccomend the book too for you readers out there. Pick it up at the bookstore next time you go shopping for a new book to read.



Thought: Eddie Vedder doing acoustic folk music…he should do “more” of it…

While many are not fans of Eddie Vedder’s longtime band Pearl Jam, I would still strongly suggest you check out his acoustic solo work for his soundtrack to the movie “Into the Wild”. Vedder composed all the music on the soundtrack except for one track Kaki King has a song in the movie too but it’s not included in the soundtrack since “Into the Wild” is strictly Eddie Vedder’s album.

Eddie Vedder’s acoustic work is truly beautiful stuff….really, he does a very good job at it. I really think Vedder should continue the acoustic folk genre whenever he takes a break from Pearl Jam. He should definitely do another acoustic solo CD in the future.

Next time I go to the mall, I also plan on picking up the DVD for “Into the Wild” and Vedder’s soundtrack album to the movie as well. Eddie Vedder’s acoustic music is probably the best acoustic music I’ve heard in years…

Listen to these tracks to see what I mean, check out these songs “Society” and “Rise”. I’m actually thinking about learning the chords to these songs so I can cover them myself. I’m just blown away and Vedder’s singing just sends chills down my spine in these songs with the great melody and vocal lines. I’m kind of upset at the Oscars for not nominating Eddie Vedder for Best Soundtrack, he truly deserves an Oscar for this.

Enjoy and happy easter.


Film Review: Into the Wild…

Starring: Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Vince Vaughn

Written and directed by: Sean Penn

Last night I rented the movie “Into the Wild” from my local video store. I’ve been wanting to see this film for a long time and finally able to now that it’s out on DVD. The movie was adapted from the novel by author Jon Krakauer. This story is based on a “real” event, it really happened in “real” life.

The movie tells a story about a young college man named Christopher McCandless who just graduated from college at Emory University, he was a top student who was very intelligent and a talented sports athlete. After college, he then all of a sudden gave his $24,000 of savings to charity and started traveling across the United States to Alaska. He was a good looking kid that the girls would like and he had all kinds of opportunities after college.

Christopher dreamed of living in the wild to be away from society, to be away from his abusive parents, and to be away from how the world is running. Christopher didn’t want anything in his life. He didn’t want his family, he didn’t want a good career, he didn’t want money, etc. He threw everything away and left everything behind by disappearing. Christopher hated the world so much that he wanted to be alone, all he cared about was complete freedom.

So to get that freedom, he lived in an old school bus in Alaska called “The Magic Bus”. While he’s living in the “Magic Bus” the movie would show flashback scenes of his past as he’s growing up and his traveling adventures.

The mystery that everyone has been talking about for years is why this man would throw his life away and live in a bus in Alaska? The 142 Magic Bus still remains in the same spot in Alaska today where Christopher passed away in due to starvation.

As far as my thoughts on the movie goes, I was blown away. It’s also one of the greatest films I’ve seen in years other than “No Country For Old Men”. “Into the Wild” is Sean Penn’s best film. Just a perfect, beautiful film all around “Into the Wild” is. The acting was excellent, the pacing was good. The composed music by Eddie Vedder was incredible.

Not really much to say about it since I loved the movie too much and that’s all there is that need to be said really. Give the film a rent. I may have gave out the ending but this is based on the real story, so everyone knows that Christopher McCandless died in real life anyway so I did not really spoil anything.

It’s an interesting story that keeps you questioning and makes me want to read the novel, next time I go to the mall to do some shopping, I’ll look for it at the bookstore. Please give the film a rent or even buy the DVD is worth it too.

Film score for “Into the Wild”: **** (as in excellent)