A Walk in the Woods (2015)

walk in the woodsWriters don’t retire. We either drink ourselves to death or blow our brains out. ” – Bill

Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Dec 2015)

Brief Synopsis – Two old friends decide to travel the Appalachian trail in order to find some inspiration in their lives.

My Take on it – I was looking forward to seeing this movie for quite a while because of it’s two lead actors.

Apparently, Robert Redford has been trying to get this made for quite a while and wanted to do it together with his longtime partner Paul Newman until he got too sick.  Instead we are given Nick Nolte in the secondary role where despite that infamous arrest picture, he doesn’t feel right in the part of the crude, lewd and sometime nude 70 year old.

Makes one wonder what Newman would have done with the role.

I expected this movie to be uplifting like these kind of movies usually are, or at least more engaging, but instead we get crude joke after joke by two very uninspiring characters.

There are scenes where I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry at the shenanigans they get themselves into.

Fortunately, Redford has lots of charm which helps keep this film from being horrendous.

Bottom Line – I was somewhat disappointing with this because I was hoping for a more engaging film with Redford and Nolte.  Instead of being an uplifting story, we are left with two uninspiring men who just keep getting in to all kinds of trouble along the way.  Redford saves this movie from being horrendous with his charm, but I still wonder how Newman would have played the Nolte character had they successfully made this ten years ago.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Robert Redford and Nick Nolte were both in their 70s when the film was shot. Bryson and Katz were both 44 the summer they attempted to hike the Appalachian Trail. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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6 thoughts on “A Walk in the Woods (2015)

  1. Everything you wrote is valid. I read the book a couple years ago. It’s really interesting and indeed funny but the humor is more inferred than explicit. Bryson puts in a lot of science relating to the trail. Needless to say, the movie didn’t match the film for me. At the same time, I do have a friend who comes in and out of my life and I can imagine we’d have those same sort of adventures. I guess I related with Bryson in trying to revive a childhood that had long passed (or maybe adolescence, early twenties). You just do stuff for your good friend. I saw the trainwreck of Katz as symbolic of the klutzy, loud friend most of us have know through the years. I actually liked this movie because it came from Redford’s heart. On that level, I would tell people it does work. Oh yeah, I laughed too, not on any intellectual level of course LOL


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