May 27, 2008

"Into the Wild" = Glorified Stupidity

Mel and I watched "Into The Wild" last night.

Holy crap did that movie stink like baby Zeus's diaper.

I guess it probably works on some level; like, say, a level wherein you needlessly punish your parents for two years by disappearing without a trace, and then attempting to live in Alaska armed with a woefully inadequate, plastic .22 calibre rifle, and trying to field dress a moose, by yourself, with no prior experience, and all sorts of other anecdotes you'd expect from a self-absorbed, delusional drama-queen who knows just enough about nature and "the wild" to get killed by it.

So, yeah, great movie, in the same kind of way "The Blair Witch Project" was a great movie.

Posted by Ryan at May 27, 2008 08:47 AM | TrackBack

Its an interesting idea in the abstract but actually doing it seems more than a little foolhardy and/or stupid.

Posted by: Erik at May 27, 2008 01:12 PM

That's what I thought too, I mean isn't the point of going into the wild to survive it? Duh. On the other hand, if he hadn't died he'd be a damned transient begging for change at the stoplight now. The guy was a nut, they should have committed him at some point, if they could have found him.

Posted by: Donna at May 27, 2008 03:17 PM

i thought it was great, and i liked the supporting characters too. sorry, but i did. yes, he was stupid - but it was true. and, i've often wanted to run off into the wilderness totally unprepared and see what it does to me. so not kidding, and i think a lot of people have that hiding somewhere inside them. i was actually pretty glad they didn't focus too much on the 'flight from suburbia' aspect, although the dad flashbacks were a little scary and overdone. plus, the eddie vedder soundtrack was pretty sweet.

Posted by: amy.leblanc at May 30, 2008 03:44 PM

The whole "punishing the parents" thing really irritated me. And the whole drama queen thing when they offered to *horrors* by him a new car. Those two things really struck me as petulant, whining adolescent nonsense. While I may agree there's something to the whole testing yourself against nature aspect, leblanc; there's testing yourself against nature. . . and then there's going into the Alaskan wilderness armed only with a wimpy .22, a half bag of rice, and a book about native plants. If you're going to do Alaska, you do a hell of lot more research and preparation than that moron did. I think it's telling that the first thing he clings to while in Alaska is. . . an abandoned bus. First sign of civilization, and he sets up camp there. Some survivalist.

Posted by: Ryan at May 31, 2008 12:53 PM
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