Re: RARA-AVIS: In the Wild

From: Stephen Burridge (
Date: 29 Oct 2007

Funny, I found that the book had a heavy emotional impact. I've been reluctant to see the movie because I figure it will inevitably be somewhat different, and I'm reluctant to see the material used in another way. (Just my personal feeling about it.)


On 10/29/07, <> wrote:
> In a message dated 10/28/2007 4:56:35 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
> <> writes:
> Don't know if Sean Penn's new flick, IN THE WILD, has been
> bandied about here, but my wife and I saw it this morning, and
> liked it. Eddie Vedder's song tracks were an extra bonus. I'd
> read the story in an Alaska magazine back in the 1990s and the
> flick pretty much follows the true story.
> Is it Alaskan noir? Beats me. But it's pretty hardcore.
> Ed
> I loved the film. I had just read the book on the way to Alaska for
> Bouchercon and saw the film three days after my return, so I might be a
> little
> biased, but I was with him every moment. Sean Penn's direction filled out
> what was
> lacking in the book, which was a little thin on emotional impact by nature
> of
> the fact that it was reporting. The film certainly qualifies as noir if
> you
> go for Jack's definition: screwed. It has a character who works extremely
> hard to become a loser, and from the start we know that's the only way his
> psychology will take him.
> Vicki
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