2007: #2 Into the Wild



Directed by: Sean Penn
Written by: Sean Penn, based on the book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Starring: Emile Hirsh, Catherine Keener, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Vince Vaughn, Hal Holbrook
Distributor: Paramount Vantage
Country: United States
Language: English
Rating: R
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Date released: 9/21/2007
Date seen: 10/12/2007
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $37,606,908  
# of Oscar nominations: 2
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 5 (Soundtrack, Editing, Cinematogrophy, Supporting Actress)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 1 (Adapted Screenplay)

I went into this Sean Penn directed film with fairly low expectations, I was pretty much ready to hate the film’s main character and generally not take any of it very seriously.  To my shock and awe I found myself caring for the film’s main character and his odyssey of self discovery.  The film is perfectly structured, the film manages to perfectly organize a somewhat non-chronological narrative into a cohesive whole.  The film is very well photographed, there’s beautiful scenery to be found here.  The cast is great all around, Hirsh perfectly balances naiveté and likability and the supporting actors all manage to make an impression with very little screen time.  Arthur Miller once had the brilliant idea to make a tragedy about a common man, here Penn and Krakauer have made the first tragedy about a dipshit.

Full Review

#3 Year End Honors #1

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