Tuesday, May 10, 2016

A Walk in the Woods 2015

     This film is based on a novel written by the real Bill Bryson published in 1998.  Bill Bryson is a writer and he should be enjoying his retirement.  Instead, he would like to walk the Appalachian Trail.  This is 2200 miles of rugged countryside from Georgia to Maine.  A lot of his friends don’t think they would like to join him on this trek?  He finally gets a former friend, Katz to agree to the trip.  Katz is a serial philanderer who is down on his luck.  He has always relied on his charm and wits to maintain one step ahead of spending time in jail.  Katz thinks this will be a good time to get away to opt out on some debts and a stretch in jail. 
      Bryson thought he was in shape but he knew Katz was not in shape.  When they are passed and left behind by a woman, the realization starts to hit.  Two young guys offer to take their packs across a river but they decline.  They held onto their pride but that was a mistake!!  This is like a male version of Wild from 2014 but Imdb gives Wild 7.2 out of 10 and it was about the Pacific Crest Trail.  3* (This movie is OK)

104 min, Adventure directed by Ken Kwapis with Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, Nick Offerman, Kristen Schaal, R. Keith Harris, Randall Newsome, Hayley Lovitt, Linds Edwards.

Note:  Imdb 6.3 out of 10, 45% critic 50% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 2 ½*, Amazon 3.7* out of 5* with 1808 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in Fontana Dam, North Carolina; Sharon, Connecticut; Buford, Georgia; Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania and McAfee Knob, Virginia.  Redford and Nolte previously worked together on The Company You Keep of 2012.

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