Last night I saw the film Into the Wild. If you plan to see the movie, then I suggest you stop reading now. Though this is not a review of the film, it does give away a few details…The story is about Chris, a college grad who essentially runs away from home, from society, from life as we know it; in hopes of finding “truth,” “freedom,” and “happiness.”
It’s probably not a film I would see again, but I’m glad I saw it once. It’s one that can get under your skin and into your brain if you let it. I’ve been chewing on bits and pieces of it all day, and that alone is worth the price of admission in my book.
The more I think about it, the more it reminds me of the stories we read in the Bible, particularly Ecclesiastes. I wonder, “If Solomon’s life were caught on film, would it look like this?” There is a natural tendency to distance ourselves from stories in the Bible, but I can’t help but think that they’re all about real people like you and me desperately in need of a Savior. This film is no different. It feels more like a 21st century parable than a movie.
As you watch it you are somewhat torn between cheering for Chris all the while still wanting him to come to his senses. Either he’s lost his mind or he’s a genius. It’s almost as if your head and your heart are competing against one another. I can’t help but think that’s how he felt most of the time.
It has a very raw, honest quality to it, largely due to the way it was filmed. At times it’s pristine and other times it’s a mess. It’s a lot like life when you think about it.
It’s unforgiving. It doesn’t resolve itself. You’re just left to deal with the life he lived.
The movie itself is long, but I think it needed to be. It’s a film about life, and that doesn’t always fit neatly into a ninety minute time slot. It’s almost as if you feel the weight of this one guy’s life the longer the film rolls on.
It leaves you with a sense of joy and despair. Even still I’m not quite sure what to make of it. …However, it strikes a nerve that is all too familiar, a nerve that looks remarkably similar to my life. I spend so much time thinking about the ups and downs, and where I’m going, and what I’m doing; and I’m not quite sure what to make of it because I have this unfortunate misconception that “life” is supposed to be something definable. Perhaps in my quest to “figure things out” I stifle the very life I’m trying to live. …that’s a scary thought.
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but it in the it leads to death.” -Proverbs 16:25
This won’t go down and the happiest post on my blog, but I guess that’s just a part of life too =)
*Forgive the rambling nature of this post. I have so much on my plate right now that I am certain I would lose my thoughts if I didn’t spend a few minutes to take them captive.