“Into the Wild” is not just a movie… it’s a journey and an illusion.
Throughout the movie, we witness plenty of philosophical one-liners and quotes.
Emile Hirsch did his job really well as the lead.
This movie has one of the most wonderful starts. It starts with this narration-
Two years he walks the earth.
No phone, no pool, no pets, no cigarettes.
Alex had serious family issues. He wanted to live/die away from home and family, where he’d be getting some peace. So, he did leave the home and started his travel journey.
It was his choice. It’s debatable; but quite impressive for the guts he had. He chose the path he wanted to. Period.
And, the protagonist’s (Alex/Chris McCandless’s) journey, the stories of various characters, and the eye-catching nature scenes… everything seems so delightful until the end.
In the end, we see the actual meaningful quote- “Happiness is real when shared.”
That was the reality. Humans are social animals. That’s the major lesson from the movie.
Apart from that quote, every beautiful scenery and experience was an illusion. (Yeah, take the reference of Mulholland Drive movie, if you wish to!).
Maybe, everything in Alex’s journey was real, but it wasn’t quite meaningful. In reality, he was happy when he was around people.
In the world of Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram, we have started ignoring the human touch. Being alone is considered a good thing.
NO! Learn from Christopher McCandless, and realize how sharing is caring; how happiness is real when shared.
Despite giving a tragic end to the movie, they hid the real truth of Chris’s last message. In reality, it wasn’t a message of gratitude, rather it was an SOS message regarding his disease and misery. Well, I better not comment on that.
Rather than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness, give me the truth.
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