“HAPPINESS IS REAL WHEN SHARED.” – Christopher Johnson McCandless
In my search for the beautiful movies of all time, I scanned almost a hundreds of it based on movie ratings, and reviews. My heart leap and I felt a sudden regret that what on earth I had forgotten this great story. Many would raise a brow or just totally ignore it because few people would literally understand why I really like this movie.
I even scribbled a three-page reaction almost 2 years ago when I stumbled at this non-fiction book for the second time. Obviously, I read it again. The book was “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer. It was one of the greatest stories I ever read. It was actually based on Christopher Johnson McCandless’ diary of his journey into the wild towards Alaska.
The movie started on a scene that Chris’ mom was having a nightmare. She kept on saying that she saw Chris. It was an adventurous journey for Chris. He left everything behind and started a new life without any penny on his pocket, changed his name to Alexander Supertramp, and left no trace of his existence. He called his home The Road.
Chris McCandless came from a wealth family. He had only one sibling, Carine whom he dearly loves. His sister believed that his parents were the main reason why Chris left them and continued to leave alone. Chris finished his studies at Emory University famous for being an editor, and A grades (he finished with an average of 3.72). He belonged to an elite athlete; making God his motivation and he competes to win! He never entered any fraternity. He was a constant achiever.
After his graduation, he told his father that he’s going to attend Harvard Law School; which was of course, his father’s dream for him. He was offered a new car but he refused to accept because he doesn’t want another car that will replace his old car and he said he doesn’t need a new car.
He was a great brother a sister could ever have. He spent time idly just to wait a school kid sister from school so that they could get home together. He was a junior high school student who held his sister’s hand on their way home. For me, he was a perfect son parents could ever ask.
He was a man for others. Why is that so? He donated his $25, 000 saving to charity. He travelled by his car and slept on the road. His spent nights interviewing with the pimps, prostitutes and gangsters and fed them.hen the flash flood washed his car away he abandoned it and burn every traces of his identity including cash left in his pocket.
He travelled through hitch hiking. He met people on the road and be friend with them. People who met him were very fond of him. He was very hardworking and friendly. But some discouraged him to go to Alaska.
But one thing that people who might read his life story is that they will conclude his crazy, idiot and idealistic. But for me, he is adorable. He knows what he wanted. He was fearless. A was a very fine man; an ideal man to be frank.
He has this belief that what does it takes to be a real man – a man of sacrifice and love of freedom. One should not take a YES to every decisions that are dictated by others. He should seek absolute freedom and truth.One reason of his isolation from society is his parents. He even called his dad a bigamist. His dad was legally married and his mom became an accomplice. But when Chris was not found his parents seek the help of private investigators to track him but only the postcards sent by Chris to his sister that he sent were just the fading clue of his existence. His parents became closer to each other when Chris was traveling alone. Carine, his sister felt that his brother loved her despite of lack of communication.
He was also a man of nature. He would never kill if not for his need to feed. He will never burn the forest just to seek help (SOS). But sad to say he died in starvation in his Alaska Odyssey. Unfortunately, he died at a very young age (24) in 1992. Before he died, his diary says that he thank God for the vastness of the Earth’s beauty. who lost their way in the wilderness did not blame God but thank him for everything a man needs is around him.
He encouraged others to leave the life of a capitalist and go into the wild – LOST!
Disclaimer: My opinion is based on what I’ve read , seen (movie) and understand. I don not own these photos above.