into the wild: the story of chris mccandless

Just recently I finished watching the movie Into the Wild. Wow. I was thoroughly amazed and inspired by the true-life story of Chris McCandless.

In search for real answers, Chris assumes the identity of Alexander Supertramp and embarks on a great adventure across the country. While facing the elements alone and making good friends along the way, Chris ultimately journeys within to make sense of life on his own terms. The expression ‘into the wild’ describes Chris’s goal of finding his way to Alaska, which he deems as “absolute freedom”.

into the wild

The movie is an adaption of the original novel by John Krakauer and was released last year in theaters, directed by Sean Penn. It has been referred to frequently as a contemporary rite of passage. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Eddie Vedder composed the soundtrack for the film.

The movie opens with a quote from Lord Byron’s Childe Harold:

“There is pleasure in the pathless woods
There is rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society where none intrudes,
By the deep sea and the music in its roar;
I love not man the less, but Nature more.”

Below is an interview with both Sean Penn and Eddie Vedder on Charlie Rose.