A Walk in the Woods
Are we there yet?
Classic Elsternwick - Sunday 13 September 2015, 10:00am
Running time: 105m
Country: United States
Classification: M (Coarse language and sexual references)
Release date: 09/09/13
Cost: $15 (Classic members)
Rating: 3/10 (ME 1.5/5, DP 1.5/5)
When Bill Bryson (Robert Redford) decides the walk the 2000+ miles of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, his wife Catherine (Emma Thompson) insists he takes somebody along with him. The only one interested is old friend Stephen Katz (Nick Nolte) who travelled through Europe with Bill many years earlier. The years have caught up with both of them as they discover how unprepared they are for the gruelling task ahead of them.
Using a long walk as a metaphor for life is hardly a new idea (Wild earlier this year did it particularly well) but in the case of A Walk in the Woods the metaphor lacks subtlety and meanders aimlessly from one 'adventure' to another without making any significant observations about anything at all. The performances are either stiff (Robert Redford), over-acted (Nick Nolte) or completely unnecessary (Emma Thompson). It's only the brief appearances by the supporting cast (Kristen Schaal is a standout) that breathe small moments of life into a very tired script. Essentially their quest is a folly with little meaning, even less to prove and very little to engage with. Tedious. (ME)