Posted by: greercn | October 9, 2015

A Walk In The Woods

“A Walk In The Woods” is at its best when the gentle chemistry between Robert Redford and Nick Nolte highlights their affectionate friendship and the issues of getting older.

It’s based on a Bill Bryson book. Everyone I ever met in the whole world ever adore’s Bryson’s travel writing. Except me. Sorry. Very sorry.

Why? I can’t figure it out. I have theories. It might be true that I find his writing full of middle-class privilege and constant joy in himself.

Truly, I should be more tolerant. And my Very Intelligent Friend wanted to see it, so we did.

It’s entertaining enough and not too long. You get to see some beautiful bits of the Appalachian Trail. Giggles come when the guys get stuck in a sudden snow storm and when they fall, onto a ledge.

They conspire to escape the attention of annoying hiker Kristen Schaal. Emma Thompson and Mary Steenburgen are both almost thrown away in their respective roles as amazingly saintly women.

Unpleasant sections poke fun at larger people. Why? I guess Hollywood hates fatness and had to throw in some hate.

Given that Bryson was in his 40s when he decided to do this 2,000 mile hike, I am not sure why Hollywood went for much older actors.

Oh, probably because they are big stars and they’ve only made one movie together, ever.

So just park your brain, ignore the petty prejudice on offer here and gawp at sensational views of America.

Redford and Nolte are stars for many reasons and both have great presence.

The very full Stratford East Picturehouse audience was made up of older people who all enjoyed it.

I’m glad I saw it. Redford gets more interesting in his choices of roles, as he ages.

It’s not a must see movie, but it’s entertaining enough and it all looks very pretty.


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