"Into the Wild" Sean Penns adaptation of the acclaimed Jon Krakauer book has been talked about by some as an Oscar contender for best picture. Based on the real-life adventures of Christopher McCandless, the carefully crafted film won an 83% approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes and a more than respectable 73 out of 100 on Metacritic. Yet Into the Wild was a matter for debate between Reel Geezers Marcia Nasatir and Richard Hartog
, with Hartog taking the more negative view: "Extremely romanticized and impractical.... Alaska is a very good place to lose yourself, and a very bad place to find yourself. To have a whole adventure that ends in death, to discover that you cant be happy unless you share your happiness with somebody, is really taking a sledgehammer to kill a mosquito.... Theres a certain smugness to the whole thing.