This film is based on the book written by John Krakauer, which under the same title chronicles the last years of the real life of a 22 year old boy named Chris McCandless who left what seemed to be a privileged life in Annandale, Gave away most of his money, and began a cross-country journey.
What we learn
The film is full of messages that are transmitted through the diary that the protagonist himself writes. Phrases such as "The core of mans' spirit comes from new experiences." And "happiness is only real when shared" mean an evolution in the thinking of the protagonist and that over time we understand that nature is cruel and Human being has perhaps evolved to a level of not being able to survive without having basic sources offered by the industrialized world. An example of them is the same bus he finds on his way and that becomes their humble home in Alaska; "The magic bus". The fact of calling it "magic" already turns out to be anecdotal. However, beyond the direct messages that the director shows us, what has caught my attention in the film is the basis of the overall meaning of the film, and is based on the relationship between friendship and personal experience that each of us have of our family. Many of the people that McCandless met along the way wanted to take care of him. The man who gave him the boots was concerned about his safety, Jan wanted to mother him, Westerman wanted to father him, Franz wanted to grandfather him. What about McCandless' personality made them answer to him in this way? The answer, I guess, is that in many ways McCandless was obviously a hurt child. Hurt by whom? By the morals of your family? By the capitalist society? Or by his own interpretation of family and society taken to an extreme? Leo Tolstoy, the great Russian novelist, said that happy families are all alike and unhappy families are all different. Family experience, whether happy or unhappy, however, is very personal. Each one to draw their own conclusions, but meanwhile enjoy the last years in happiness and at peace with himself by Chris McCandless.
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