A WALK IN THE WOODS (15)
A WALK IN THE WOODS (15)
Run time: 104mins
Director: Ken Kwapis
Cast: Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen,
Synopsis: Upon his arrival back in the United States following two decades in the UK, Bryson wants to find a way to reconnect with his homeland. Impulsively he decides to hike a section of the longest continuous footpath in the world, The Appalachian Trail, 1000 arduous miles stretching from Maine to Georgia, an expedition men half his age struggle to complete.
It’s been 17 years since popular author Bill Bryson’s book A Walk in the Woods was published, and now the spotlight is turned back on this classic travel tale thanks to this movie adaptation of the same name. It has been a long-term personal project of Robert Redford, who had hoped to film it with Paul Newman; unfortunately that reunion was not to be with Newman’s death in 2008.
Directed by Ken Kwapis [(License to Wed (2007), He’s Just Not That Into You (2009), Parks and Recreation (2009)] and starring Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson and Mary Steenburgen, A Walk in the Woods’ is an often hilarious story of Bill and his friend Stephen’s attempt to trek the Appalachian Trail, which stretches more than 2,000 miles from Georgia to Maine, USA.
Bill Bryson (Robert Redford) is a successful author who, after living in England for many years, comes back to live in New Hampshire, with his loving wife, Catherine (Emma Thompson) whom he met and married while living in England. After a TV interview, Bill goes with Catherine to a funeral.
When they get home, Bill tells Catherine that he is going for a walk. On his walk, he comes across a sign that says “The Appalachian Trail.” Later that night, Bill does some research on the trail, concluding that it is a 2,000+ mile trek from Georgia to Maine. When he tells Catherine she only relents when she tells Bill that she will let him go on the hike if he can find someone to go with him.
After calling everyone he knows, he almost gives up when he gets a phone call from his long-lost friend, Stephen (Nick Nolte) who offers to go with him on the hike. However Stephen is a wayward, recovering alcoholic that he hasn’t seen since student days.
Bill Bryson and Stephen Katz encountered many trials and tribulations on their attempt to conquer the Appalachian Trail and there is much to enjoy in the superb cinematography of John Bailey.
Redford and Nolte have great personal chemistry and vast experience to convince in this amiable charming tale and infuse it with a great breath of fresh air in themes of friendship and mortality.
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