A.O. Scott, one of my favorite movie critics, really loved this movie. You can see his review in the New York Times here.
Scott is one hell of a movie geek, and I trust his instincts. However–as readers of the ASLE listserv know–I have my reservations about the story of Chris McCandless, and so do many of my students. I think there is something cranky and conservative about our feeling that McCandless should’ve had more respect for the way the world can kill you, but I still feel that way. It’s good that not everyone feels that way, and it’s also good that not everyone dies in young adulthood, alone in an Alaskan forest. Nonfungible goods, these are, and probably incommensurable, too.
I haven’t seen this movie, but my current crop of students wants to see it, so maybe I’ll go with them. In the meantime, I would be interested to hear from others about their experience of the movie and the book.