Thursday Movie Picks: The Great Outdoors

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
This week I’ll talk about films dealing with the great outdoors!

#1 Into the Wild

I loved the book, I wasn’t happy about some of the changes made for the movie. However, it features some amazing nature shots, Emile Hirsch acts expertly and the soundtrack is on point.

#2 The Beach

The beach is not Leonardo DiCaprio’s best production but it has its merits. Set in Thailand this film will infuse you with wanderlust. (Despite the dark story going on).

#3 Cast Away

It’s always a good idea to go with a Tom Hanks movie and Cast Away is one of my favorites. His character gets stuck on a desert island after a plane crash. So intriguing!

What’s your favorite outdoor movie? Let me know in the comments!

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8 thoughts on “Thursday Movie Picks: The Great Outdoors

  1. I’ve seen all three and of them the last is my favorite by far. Castaway is a real star vehicle and if Tom Hanks hadn’t been up to the demands of the part the thing would have collapsed in on itself. But he was and makes it a compelling watch, though not one I return to often.

    The Beach was okay but somewhat draggy and once was enough for me.

    I really didn’t like that selfish little jackass and his series of foolish choices who was the protagonist of Into the Wild and didn’t feel sorry for him at the conclusion. In fact the only positive I took away from the film was Hal Holbrook’s fine work in his small part.

    I also went with films that have a strong survivalist thread running through them.

    A Walk in the Woods (2015)-Travel writer Bill Bryson (Robert Redford) decides to hike the Appalachian Trail and since he is no longer a young man at his wife’s (Emma Thompson) urging he is accompanied by his old friend Stephen Katz (Nick Nolte) who proves to be more of a hindrance than help. Based on Bryson’s best seller.

    Alive (1993)-After crashing in the Andes Mountains, the Uruguay’s rugby team struggle for survival as their initial hopes of a quick rescue dwindle. As days turn to weeks and their supplies run out they are confronted with grim choices that must be made. Brutal yet compelling and based on an actual event.

    Jeremiah Johnson (1972)-After the Mexican-American War ends veteran soldier Jeremiah Johnson (Robert Redford), heads to the mountains to live in isolation. He meets seasoned mountain man (Will Geer) who takes him under his wing and over the years he carves out a life until he incurs the ire of the Crow Indians.

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    • That was exactly the problem I had with the Into the Wild movie. The way the main character is depicted deviates a lot from the book and makes him look like an idiot. Whereas in the novel you can tell that he quite the oppisote actually.
      I think, the only one of your picks I’ve ever heard of is Alive, but I haven’t seen it. The other ´s are new to me, A Walk in the Woods sound great and I will make sure to check that one out, both book and movie!


  2. I’ve seen all three of your picks. Into The Wild is my favorite. I haven’t seen The Beach in years but I disliked it pretty heavily the first time I saw it. Now that I’m more of a Boyle fan, I think I should probably rewatch it to see where I land.

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  3. I haven’t seen the first 2nand the Beach never interested me but I love Castaway and think it is an excellent film. Tom Hanks had to really make this man interes5ing to hold out attention.

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