YMMV: Into The Wild

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Some have no love for Chris, seeing him as nothing but a naive, arrogant idiot who walked into the Alaskan Wilderness with little knowledge on how to handle it.
  • Awesome Music: The soundtrack by Eddie Vedder is filled with beautiful tunes. "Long Nights" stands out and doubles as a Tearjerker.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Chris. He's condescending, hopelessly naive, inconsiderate, foolhardy, irrational, and irritatingly judgemental. His life back home, while surrounded by people who loved him, was shaky, he found out that his father was married to another woman and had a family with her and that his mother kept it a secret, he has immense trouble connecting with people, and he only realizes just how much he needs the people in his life after he has left them behind.
    • Chris's parents also, they're authoritarian, arrogant, snobbish and abusive to one another. But by the time Chris goes missing, they are seen truly desperate trying to find or get any news from their son. By the end of the movie they are shells of their former selves trying get a semblance of going on with their lives.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Several fans of the book and film have tried to emulate Chris' choices, probably because of the quasi-messianic archetype Chris is portrayed into.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Pretty much a collection of these, as the film chronicles Chris' encounters with a variety of figures that he grows attached to, then leaves behind to continue his journey. Special mention should go to Hal Holbrook's Oscar-nominated turn.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Kristen Stewart as the hippie girl who tries to sleep with Chris.
  • Tear Jerker: Chris' slow and painful death.
    • Long after losing contact with him, Chris' mother woke with a start one night, thinking she'd heard her son call out for help. Years later, when Chris' body was eventually found and his time of death estimated, she did the math and swears it was the very same night. In the film it shows her waking up and simply starting to cry.
  • What an Idiot: Frequent reaction from people who knew more about bushcraft than Chris and saw how unprepared he was for life in the Alaskan forest.