When an (unofficial) Trailer Bests a Film

Jurgen Versteeg’s alternate trailer for the film “Into The Wild” succeeds in ways that the film itself does not. Adapted from John Krakauer’s book of the same name, this is the story of Chris McCandless, a young man who journeyed relentlessly, until he died from exposure in Alaska. The book reads like a mystery, as Krakauer uncovers McCandless’ journeys and ponders his motivations. The movie, directed by Sean Penn, is ernest but loses much of the book’s mystery, as we see McCandless’ wanderings directly rather than through Krakauer’s speculations.

This alternate trailer keeps the mystery, as we follow a solitary figure as he meanders through 2D renderings that play as a series of paintings, all set to Eddie Vedder’s great “Hard Sun.” Lovely work.

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