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When the movie started, I was in total shock for about 10 seconds because I didn't expect the story to jump right into the thick of things. I figured the story would take a 1, 2, 3 path, but instead ended up 3, 1, 2, and it worked beautifully. I'm not going to bore you with all the details of this film. It has beautiful cinematography, great characters who are real and believable (I loved the hippies and the river couple) and the movie flowed nicely. The only issue I had was with the whole parent thing. The cuts to their lives and the drama of the father was overly distracting and very unnecessary - actually, it all seemed pretty stupid - I didn't like the casting for the mom and dad - I just didn't buy them as his parents. Penn did an outstanding job with scene sequence and getting the best performance from each actor. Just seeing Hal Holbrook's is worth the price of the ticket. I wish they'd showed more of Chris' struggles in the wild as detailed in the book, but I guess that would've made the movie too long. For as lengthy as it was, it went by way too fast. It didn't make me cry (well a few places did, but not for Chris) and I laughed and chuckled in others, as did others. What's interesting is, I left the theater with total indiffence. It was great to watch, but it didn't have any impact on me one way or another, which is strange.
Fantastic! I think anyone who read this book will be pleased at Sean Penn's interpretation. He really captured the spirit of Chris and his perspective. We really feel like we're a part of the journey. For those that haven't read the book I think the journey is definitely worth taking. Beautiful cinematography and an amazing performance by Emile Hirsch. Actually all of the actors were perfectly cast. Let this movie carry you away and you will be rewarded by moments of pure beauty.
Truly believable and beautiful in every way. Penn gives great insight into the soul of this free thinking,bright ,idealistic young man. We feel we are there in every scene. My son is Chris's age so I chose to suspend any judgement as a lot of his mannerisms and behavior are typical to someone at that stage of developement. He ultimately pays a high price to escape this "sick society". SPOILER........ ........I personally think God wants some people to come home earlier than others:~)
Really great film. Nicely done. A very cool introspective piece. Could have been 30 mins shorter but other than that it's one of the best this year.
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