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Into The Wild: Compare & Contrast Assignment

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Shae Green

on 19 June 2014

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Transcript of Into The Wild: Compare & Contrast Assignment

Movie
The movie strictly follows Chris and his journey, it leaves out all of the other random people Jon related Chris to in the book.
Into The Wild:
Compare & Contrast Assignment

Book
Similarities
The movie was arranged into chapters "adolescence" and "youth" as opposed to chapters that were named after the places Chris was traveling in the book.
In the movie, Chris' sister Carine narrates, giving the story a much different feel.
Chris' travels to Alaska are referred to as 'the bus' or 'the magic bus' in the film, which I thought was a little odd and could add to confusion if you weren't familiar with the story.
The movie makes Chris appear a lot more crazy nearing the end of his life than the book did. The movie showed him talking to himself quite a bit, you didn't get the feel in the book like you did in the movie that he had really lost his mind.
I feel as though the movie did a great job encompassing everything that was important about Chris and his travels that were outlined in the book. Things such as:
Chris' journaling
The letters he wrote
How he wrote in the margins
How important literature was to him
Chris' relationship with Tracey is much more understated in the book. Maybe it was for dramatic effect to make their relationship seem more than it was in the movie.
Krakauer didn't discuss Chris and Tracey singing together, their encounter in her trailer or them going to the 'salvation army' together in the book.
One of the largest differences between the book and the movie is that in the book Chris is not aware of his mistake in eating the sweet pea plant, at least not that we are made aware of. Chris eating this plant, is just one of the scenarios Krakauer and other investigators came up with, we don't know for sure if this was his cause of death or not. Again, I believe that adding that part into the movie was for dramatic effect.
I believe including these things in both the movie and the book really allowed the audience to get to know the kind of person Chris was.
I found both the film and the novel to be very jumpy. They bounced into the future and then back again which made it very confusing as to where Chris was and at what point in his life events were taking place. Not knowing the story from the book already, my family had a very difficult time keeping up with the film.
The book has a lot more extra information that helps further the reader's knowledge on Chris' situation. Even though it was slightly annoying reading through all the extra quotations he had highlighted in books and all the extra stories Krakauer told about other explorers, it made what you were reading feel so much more real.
In Conclusion...
I feel as though both the film and the book did an immaculate job in telling the intriguing story of Chris McCandless. Both medias had ups and downs; however, both were done in a respectful and well written/produced way. I give extra kudos to the movie producers for only adding in slight changes for dramatic effect. They stayed consistant with the people Chris met and the places he visited on his travels. That was extremely respectful of them to keep Chris' story in the true beauty that it was. Plus, having the movie being as intense as it was with only minor changes makes the viewer feel a lot more deeply about what they are watching knowing that it is basically completely accurate - my family couldn't believe when I told them this was a completely true story! I also appreciate how the filmmakers made it 2 hours and 40 minutes long and told the whole story, leaving out no details, this movie really held up to my expectations after having read the novel.
By: Shaelin Green
The movie didn't show what happened to Ronald Franz at the end like the novel did. With Ron being such an important character I wish the filmmakers had included what happened to him after finding out Chris had passed away. Viewers definitely would have benefited from knowing how the story ended for Ron.
Most extremely important details like the setting and people Chris met along his journey were consistent. These aspects made the story what it was, so I am glad they stayed the same in both medias.
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