I saw this yesterday and the more that I think about it, the more I dislike it. It just isn't very good. Too earnest in a self-satisfied humorless kind of way. But I guess that would describe both Sean Penn and Eddie Vedder whose moaning emoting is all over the soundtrack.
I loved this book and was really looking forward to seeing the film. But other than Hal Holbrook, this film is not really worth paying attention to. The book left me conflicted. Was Chris a misguided obnoxious blowhard or was there something special about him? Jon Krakauer did a great job showing both sides of the argument. Sean Penn doesn't even come close to that sort of complexity. Nothing was exciting or complex about this film. The cinematography wasn't even interesting. How does one shoot a film in the locations where this one was shot and yet look so dull?
And did I mention how awful that Eddie Vedder soundtrack was? Blech.
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