It’s ironic that Christopher McCandless craved isolation so desperately, because virtually everyone we meet in this film is exceedingly kind to him. There’s something fascinating and uniquely Gen X about the way that McCandless could take more or less correct observations about life under modern capitalism and resolve to do something about it in the most adventuristic and self-centred way possible. The fact that McCandless donated his life savings to Oxfam shows that his heart was in the right place,…
Christopher Nolan is a master at taking material that should make for a pulpy thrill ride and turning it into a dour, overserious mess. In this case, however, he’s finally dealing with the kind of existential crisis that warrants this approach.
The result is his most ambitious, interesting, and moving film to date. It looks great and the performances are strong, but it also really doesn’t need to be three hours long. There are entire sequences and characters that could…
It’s borderline astonishing how little of this works. Pharrell’s narration is terrible, all the interstitial characters serve no purpose, the voice acting doesn’t match up with what’s happening onscreen at all, and the music is cringe. The animation looks great, though, which makes it disappointing that they didn’t just put it to use re-animating the old tv special.
I would like to personally apologize to Jim Carrey. I’ve decided that version is actually good now.