A Walk in the Woods

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When you push yourself to the edge, the real fun begins.

Screen legends Robert Redford and Nick Nolte hike together along the 3,500km Appalachian Trail in this odd-couple comedy. Based on the memoir by humourist and travel writer Bill Bryson. Co-starring Emma Thompson, Nick Offerman and Kristen Schaal. From the director of Dunston Checks In.

Redford plays Bryson who, instead of retiring to enjoy his wife (Thompson) and family, challenges himself to the epic hike over America's unspoiled and rugged countryside from Georgia to Maine. The peace and tranquility he hopes to find is anything but once he agrees to being accompanied by the only person he can find willing to join - his long lost former friend Katz (Nolte), a down-on-his-luck serial philanderer who, after a lifetime of relying on his charm and wits to keep one step ahead of the law - sees the trip as a way to sneak out of paying debts.

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Comedy, Drama

98mins

Rating: M Offensive language & sexual references

USA

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In a bid to “sneak in one last adventure before it’s too late”, Robert Redford (as author Bill Bryson) is joined by Nick Nolte (as his grizzled old pal, Katz) on a gruelling hike along the 2,100 mile Appalachian Trail, from Georgia to Maine.

Whereas in Bryson’s book the pair are in their mid-40s, here they’re played by actors in their 70s, and the wrinkles show. Rather than leaping from page to screen, the tale limps along, amiable enough, but the laughs are few, and the homespun philosophy about as deep as a fortune cookie.

At one point Bryson quips: “Books – they’re like TV for smart people”. Those who’ve read the original novel might be forgiven for yelling at the screen: “So don’t dumb it down!” But dumb it down they do, as the odd couple chat, shuffle, squabble, and meet an array of eccentrics – including Kristen Schaal, as a talkative know-it-all hiker, Mary Steenburgen as a motel owner smitten with Bryson, and Nick Offerman, as a seller of expensive camping gear – and, well, that’s it really.

Bookended by scenes of sickly-sweet domestic bliss between Bryson and his English wife (Emma Thompson doing her best Emma Thompson impression), director Ken Kwapis seems intent on returning to his TV roots, making what should be an intimate journey through a big and beautiful landscape, as pedestrian, dull and un-cinematic as possible.

Disappointed? As one of Bryson’s friends says when asked to accompany him on his long hike: “Next time call me for something fun – like a colonoscopy”.

Hollywood Reporter

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Serves as a terrific showcase for two exceptionally durable stars.

Variety (USA)

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It’s pleasant enough cinematic comfort food, but even so, you may be hungry again soon afterward.

Guardian (UK)

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Certainly no Butch Cassidy, but it is interesting to check in with these two still-compelling codgers.

Sydney Morning Herald

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The to and fro of dialogue between the men never goes very far, and we don't really get a sense of the natural world that the pair experience.

Los Angeles Times

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One can't help but imagine what previously attached directors Barry Levinson or Richard Linklater might have done with this material, with their affinity for scenes of drifting talk and hanging out.

New York Times

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Unexpectedly moving and occasionally delightful.

Herald Sun (Australia)

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Though it is pleasant enough simply to be in the company of these two charismatic old stagers, Redford and Nolte are never the hilarious double-act director Ken Kwapis makes them out to be.

FilmInk (Australia)

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A fun time spent in the company of great characters.

It was hard reading the book as well

I found it kind of dragged on, but funny enough the movie was easier to watch than the book was to read

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Fun

This movie was fun and light hearted, a good watch.

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MADE MY DAY

This movie was funny, fun ,light hearted, nitty gritty, BEAUTIFUL scenery....I loved it!