Double Feature – Men Alone in Nature

21 Oct

I recently watched ‘Into the Wild’ and shortly afterward ‘127 Hours’. Since both films deal with men being alone in nature I thought I’d make this a double feature.

Into the Wild

‘Into the Wild’ stars Emile Hirsch and tells the true story of Christopher McCandless, a young man who decides to go into the wilderness and live with as little money as possible. His dream destination is Alaska but on his way there he meets many people who form some find o connection with him, for example Wayne Westerberg (Vince Vaughn) who, for a while, gives him a job, or Tracy (Kristen Stewart), a girl from a trailer park who falls in love with him. Despite meeting so many people, Chris sticks to the opinion that relationships are unnecessary, shaped by his negative childhood experiences in a dysfunctional family.
Sean Penn directed this poetical film, narrated by the lovely Jena Malone who plays Christopher’s sister. The soundtrack was composed and sung by Eddie Vedder and is absolutely lovely. Sometimes the film’s wisdoms come across a bit too blatantly and lack finesse, but overall ‘Into the Wild’ is a fascinating trip following a young man who tried to escape society.

127 Hours

Danny Boyle’s ‘127 Hours’ depicts the true story of Aron Ralston who, during one of his hiking tours through a Canyon, fell and got stuck in a crevice, his arm trapped between a stone and the wall of the canyon. I guess I don’t spoil too much (since it’s widely known) when I tell you that Aron had to cut off his own arm in order to be able to get out and survive. The main role is played by James Franco (who got one of the many Oscar nominations the film received). It’s an intense watch, seeing him struggle with paranoia and thirst and eventually making a decision motivated by his will to survive. Boyle works with many split screens which is kind of cool at the beginning but after a while does not work so well anymore and even seems a bit outdated if used so frequently. Most of the film is a one-man-show which could have been challenging but Franco manages to keep us tensed and emotionally involved.

Which film wins?

I suspect that most people would choose ‘127 Hours’ but personally I prefer ‘Into the Wild’ since, in my opinion, it delivers more ‘material’ to think about. Its conclusion doesn’t come so easily, the moral behind it is rather ambiguous. ‘127 Hours’ is equally intense, but more obvious in its message and thus less appealing to me.

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4 Responses to “Double Feature – Men Alone in Nature”

  1. carstenweekly October 21, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    Into the wild: great film, great emotions, great pictures. I love this film.
    Didn’t see 127 hours yet but I’m full of respect of this overwhelming will.

    • bearnerdette October 21, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

      It’s quite shocking to see what humans can do if they face death. A very intense viewing experience for sure.

      Thanks for your comment. πŸ™‚

  2. sassbidefan89 October 22, 2012 at 4:51 am #

    Into the Wild is an amazing beautiful movie as was 127 Hours, I don’t think Emile Hirsch or James Franco got enough credit for their perfect performances, especially Hirsch

    • bearnerdette October 22, 2012 at 6:01 am #

      I agree! Well, at least Franco got an Oscar nomination whereas many people do not even know that ‘Into the Wild’ exists… :/ What a shame.

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