Yesterday, we finally, finally saw Bill Bryson’s ‘A Walk in the Woods’ featured by Robert Redford and Nick Nolte.
After seeing ‘Wild’ we couldn’t wait for the next hiking film to be released. But to be honest, I didn’t read the book, so I didn’t really know what to expect. And after watching the film my feelings about it are mixed.
- It’s humorous; the jokes are very subtle sometimes. It makes you smile and even laugh a few times which created a good atmosphere in the cinema.
- The film is more about age, which doesn’t quite fit into Bryson’s context. Bryson was 44 when he walked the Appalachian Trail. Robert Redford was 78 when they filmed ‘A Walk in the Woods’. I think Redford is fantastic actor but not quite the right cast for this role. Same applies to Nick Nolte. Too old; they represent a different issue than the book.
- I have never seen anyone throwing a 20kg backpack so easily over their shoulders with one hand like Redford and Nolte.
- Unlike ‘Wild’ I didn’t come out of the theatre and wanted to start walking. (Maybe that’s a good thing. Longing for something you can’t yet follow up for several reasons is not a good feeling.)
- (If you haven’t read the book and don’t like spoilers don’t read on:) Like I said before I haven’t read the book, so I was stunned to see the film ending with Bryson giving up after half the distance, not finishing the trail. It’s unusual for a Hollywood film not having a ‘happy ending’. The concept itself can be charming but it left me a little unsatisfied.
- Also the background knowledge that they didn’t film on the Appalachian Trail most of the time is kind of a spoiler. Despite that they did have some really nice shot of Georgia and North Carolina.
Would I recommend the film to watch? Hmm… I don’t know, really. It’s nice to watch but not the greatest film ever. Should you spend your money on it? I’d say, wait until it’s on TV.