The book makes it clear. Chapter 5:
At the time he wrote these words, he was holding down a full-time job,
flipping Quarter Pounders at a McDonald’s on the main drag, commuting to work on a bicycle. Outwardly, he was living a surprisingly conventional existence, even going so far as to open a savings account at a local bank.
Curiously, when ...
You can spot him reading a few different books:
Family happiness (Leo Tolstoy)
The Call of the Wild (Jack London)
Doctor Zhivago (Boris Pasternak)
and, of course,
Tanaina plantlore, Dena'ina k'et'una (Priscilla Russell Kari)
In the movie You can also see the entire book collection is carrying (at about minute 20), featuring:
War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy)
(Caveat: no disrespect intended to the man or his family. All information below is personal opinion, and mostly about the artistic decisions of the movie makers.)
Q: “In the end when he is dying his last words are ‘Happiness is only real when shared.’"
Not quite. He wrote that into some book (with “Moscow” and various Russian names in the ...
I would say the focus of the ending of the movie should not be on Is it a mistake of the society or is it wrong to live a solitary life,rather on the fact what he actually said when dying i.e. "Happiness is only real, when shared". By this quote he meant, if you want to find happiness in life, you can't enjoy it alone. Share it with your friends and family ...
As R.J. MacReady mentioned in a comment, apparently they made up the parts of the movie where he destroyed his ID's and refused to get new ones.
A local dog musher read about his story, went to the bus, found his backpack, and after keeping it for years and showing it off in interviews he sent a wallet from the backpack with all of these ID's to the family (...
It is explained more in the book the film is based on. Chapter 3:
Westerberg, in his mid-thirties, was brought to Carthage as a young boy by adoptive parents. A Renaissance man of the plains, he is a farmer, welder, businessman, machinist, ace mechanic, commodities speculator, licensed airplane pilot, computer programmer, electronics troubleshooter, video-...
Is this a real life thing? Wearing socks is mandatory for people washing dishes?
Yes, wearing socks is standard dress code policy in food services, regardless of the position maintained (in that scene Chris was actually dressing burgers).
Over the years I've worked at -- Papa John's, Jimmy John's, Starbucks, Fazoli's (twice), Pizza Hut, Dairy ...
This is what you're after: Into the Wild Visual Effects.
It is an interview with Jay Cassidy, who served as Editor for the film. Quoting part of the article:
From Close-up to Aerial in One Seamless Shot
The final moving shot
starts out on a close-up Hirsch’s face... in the bus
then pulls back through the window and rises up over the bus and
The movie is based on the real life story of Christopher McCandless with the little exception of death by toxic substance because there is no toxic substance found in
On the other hand, The moral of the story is itself in the sentence "Happiness is only real when shared". It's not against living solitary life or life in a nature is bad. ...
Was it a mistake to abandon society? ...and live a solitary life?
No, I do not think so. Every individual needs at least one moment or period in life to become aware. To explore who you are and what you want. People find this in adolescence, many find it later, some find it never. The search is bound by a journey into whatever. Into partying, into writing, ...
It was the fact Chris and his sister were bastards.
I did partially rewatch the movie and this is explained at approximately 53rd minute.
Christopher's sister narrates that he found out his father had another son from his [father's] first wife to whom he still was officially married after Chris was born. Thus, Chris and his sister realized they were ...
Q: “What is the moral of the story?”
From the reviews above, I can conclude that the lesson of the story is indeed subjective. It depends on your own perspective, on how you make of the things present in the story.
As for me, I think the lesson is 'to follow your dream and enjoy the journey'. Because by doing so, you'll encounter people who'll help you, ...
What is the moral of the story?
I find it significant that everyone who reads the book or watches the movie has a hard time agreeing with anyone else on the most important lesson of the story. Perhaps the lasting message of Christopher J. McCandless is the importance of questioning what the purpose and best uses of life are. Undoubtedly the "correct" ...