Into the Wild

Cohen, David S.
November 2007
Script (10922016);Nov/Dec2007, Vol. 13 Issue 6, p36
The article offers a critical analysis of the narrative structure of the screenplay written by Academy Award-winning actor Sean Penn for the film "Into the Wild," which was based on Jon Krakauer's book. It examines Penn's spiritualistic and materialistic approach in writing the film and how he identifies himself with the film's main character, Christopher McCandless, who died after hiking alone into the Alaskan Wilderness with little food or equipment. The article also gives a criticism of Penn's direction, particularly with his representation of empathy and human connection.


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