Full Movie Reviews
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 12/29/2011
Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch) names himself "Alexander Supertramp" after detaching himself from his regular everyday routine in the city and going to the wilderness. Walt (William Hurt), Billie McCandless (Marcia Gay Harden) and his sister Carine (Jena Malone) have no idea about the plans of Chris to donate all his savings to charity, obliterating his identification and credit cards. He encounters a hippie couple Jan Burres (Catherine Keener) and Rainey (Brian H. Dierker), Wayne Westerberg (Vince Vaughn), Mr. Franz (Hal Holbrook) and Tracy (Kristen Stewart) along the way.
Astounding screenplay, gorgeous locations and cinematography can be seen on this picture. One of the many wonderful quotes from the movie: Chris – “Money, power is an illusion. It’s all up here.” …
Junoverse611 - wrote on 06/18/2008
Okay, I am going to come right out and say it bluntly- this movie was amazing. The visuals, the writing- were purely beautiful. This movie will stick with you. It's based on the true story of Christopher John McCandless, who after college graduation, decides to give up everything materialistic- his credit cards, his car, even his home- to go and live out in the wild, to be at one with nature. This movie portrays his journey- and does it very well. No, this movie did not completely change my life- but yes, it did change the way I look at things, and when a movie does that, well, then I think it's considered to be a pretty good movie. It's an amazing movie, but it is three hours long, so if you're going to watch it, set everything aside and dedicate three hours just for that.
Franz Patrick - wrote on 05/11/2008
The only regret I have is not catching this film in theaters. If I had, this easily would have been on my Top 10 Films of 2007 list. I would like to start off by giving kudos to Emile Hirsch for his completely captivating performance. He won me over just a few months ago in "The Mudge Boy" and I cannot believe this is the same guy from the fun yet sophomoric "The Girl Next Door." I've seen all of his films and this is his most mature film to date, alongside "Imaginary Heroes" and "Alpha Dog." He's definitely someone that everyone needs to watch out for because he's building quite a repertoire. He's got "Speed Racer" and "Milk" coming up; the latter I have high expectations for now that he's proven himself as a serious actor. In this film, he has completely embraced his character, not …
patjohnson76 - wrote on 04/02/2008
I just wasn't able to really appreciate this movie. While I think Emile Hirsch is a pretty good actor, I didn't care for his characterization. It's similar to what I found grating about Ellen Page's Juno - an "I so have life figured out and you don't and I'm awesome for it" vibe. Midway through, I lost interest when Malone, who plays Hirsch's sister, tells us why he's going on this journey through the wilderness - it's their parents fault! Yes, the parents that loved and provided for him just didn't love him or his sister enough. Of course, we're not really shown their horrible parenting skills, so my problem is that they just come off as whiny spoiled rich kids who don't get their way. While the scenery is beautiful and the film is full of good actors, I didn't care for the main …
Alex - wrote on 03/13/2008
This is a very solid movie. It is not a great movie, but the fact that this is a true story makes it even better. Emile Hirsch reminds me a lot of Leo DiCaprio - he looks like him, acts like him, and is similar in age. Though I think Leo is a better actor, keep your eye on this guy.
My only complaint about the movie is that it was very slow and almost too exaggerated at the beginning. To be honest with you, it reminded me of Forrest Gump as far as his interaction with people (though he is an extremely bright guy). He is almost a Christ like figure that everyone likes and takes advice from.
The guy is definitely crazy and in the beginning I didn't feel sorry for him. But by the end of the film, I actually felt for the poor guy and kind of understood what he was trying to do. …