'Into the Wild'

Into the Wild, an adaptation of Jon Krakauer’s 1996 nonfiction bestseller about Christopher McCandless and his odyssey deep into Alaska. Sean Penn directs, in what the trailer makes clear is an expansive departure from his earlier, smaller-scale movies, The Crossing Guard and The Pledge. Jack Nicholson, unfortunately, is too old to play young, spry McCandless (isn’t that a fun word to say?), so Emile Hirsch (Lords of Dogtown) fills in. Man vs. Nature is my favorite kind of conflict: excited for this one. Only dubious note in the whole trailer is the last line of dialogue: “If you want something in life, reach out and grab it.” You know, I’ve tried that; it doesn’t always work. Movie comes out in September.

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