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In the eye of the beholder
It's funny how a literal change in point of view can beautify the hell out of something. Before I get into the meat of the film, I have to mention it had an unfair advantage over any other film in history. This film exploited the overview effect with the first capable match of technology and affordability (also paired with raw talent) to show the Earth as if it (and it is) ALIVE. The film attempted to contemplate life and it's echo's, and did so in an honorable way. However, any acclaimed intellectual can see that it is not a contextually deep film. It has strong highlights backed by unreal cinematography (if we can still use that term to describe CGI), but isn't a 100% complete film.
George Clooney (10/10) may have been the only capable human being on earth to fulfill, with elegance, such a prototypical role. Sandra Bullock (6/10) did not give enough UMPH. There is no other way to describe it, I just needed MORE. I think Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, or Hilary Swank should've been casted.
I don't feel like explaining my opinions today, and I'm about to go intoxicate myself beyond any societally acceptable means. May we hope beyond yesterday.
Into the Wild (2007)
What more could I ask for?
A story that can change your outlook on life, cinematography that coincides with the plot beautifully, and a cast to die for. Emile Hirsch seems so innocent throughout the whole film even though he's hurting so many people. Sean Penn wanted to do this film for 10 years before he finally got the rights, so essentially he wasn't going to ruin the opportunity. Adventure films, to me, are the most "complete" films because they capture every aspect of a person's journey, life. Hal Holbrook's character toward the end of the film sums up the entire underlying theme of the film, can happiness be achieved alone? That question is answered at the end by Christopher Mccandless in a very direct way. I'm surprised Sean Penn wasn't featured as the father, but you can't argue with the casting of William Hurt.