So last night I watched the movie Into the Wild. It’s based on a book of the same title by John Krakauer. Both the book and the film have been on my “To Read/Watch” list for a while now, but I’ve been putting it off. In fact, the film has been in my Netflix queue for the last 6 months or so, but since it’s 2 hours and 28 minutes long I never got around to watching it. But then I noticed that Netflix was pulling it as of May 1, so I decided to make the time (It is also available on Amazon Instant Video).
And I am so glad I did.
I knew the story going in, but, still… never has a movie both inspired me and left me so completely devastated. It’s like Sean Penn, who both wrote and directed the film, reached in and tore my heart out through my tear ducts.
I can’t recommend the film highly enough. It’s rare that I’ll watch a film before reading the book it’s based on. It’s rarer still that I’ll run out and buy the book after watching the film. In this case, I logged into Amazon on the iPad and bought the book while I was watching the film. The story is that compelling.
But how does this relate to Tunesday? Simple.
Into the Wild is the first solo album from Eddie Vedder who was hand-picked by Sean Penn to provide music for the film.
So, yeah. Eddie friggin’ Vedder.
The entire soundtrack is terrific, but “Society” I found both lovely and haunting. It also is a wonderful representation of the state of mind of Christopher McCandless, whom the story is based upon: