Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Into the Wild

Into the Wild, written and directed by Sean Penn, is so well done. The film is, ultimately, tragic; but the arc of experiences and storyline is extremely compelling. The acting is fantastic. Emile Hirsch, the lead, is in basically every scene, and does an amazing job. He clearly underwent dramatic physical challenges for the role -- gaining, then losing great amounts of weight and muscle mass.

I was very impressed by the cinematography, and the visuals overall are stunning. If anything, the film overdoes the beauty and vitality of the protaganist's experiences -- experiences that could, and do, go wrong all too easily.

The films at the Clyde Theatre for one last night, Thursday. After that, I suppose it's wait for the DVD. In any case, see this movie. Oh, by the way, this movie is well over two hours long. It doesn't matter, you'll be glued to your seat, but watch out for the large soda -- get a small, or none.

I kind of agonized about this one, it's at least a single shot, but I feel that it deserves a full Double shot for the depth and scope of the cinematography and acting overall.

Movies on Whidbey Island.

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