I have never read a Bill Bryson novel and I have never had an urge to travel. But after watching this, I have a sudden urge to do one of these things (the former).
A Walk in the Woods is a light hearted comedy based on the book of the same name by Bill Bryson and follows our previously mentioned Bill (played by Robert Redford) as he hikes the Appalachian Trail with his old friend Stephen Katz (played by Nick Nolte).
A Walk in the Woods isn’t emotional in any way and I’m not saying that as an insult. A Walk in the Woods is just a colourful travel film about two mates on a hike. No tears. No Oscar scenes. No dramatic yelling into the moonlight. No punching of mirrors. Just a giggle every now and then.
This film has a comforting sense to it, I would be more than happy to watch it again and again but solely because I know it won’t take much effort (emotionally). It’s short, clever and humorous, no hardship required.
I can’t really say anything about Robert Redford’s portrayal of Bill Bryson but I did enjoy the friendly sense of Katz.
Occasionally in the film, you will get an incredible shot of the mountains of the Appalachian Trail but other than that, the camera work and scenery is pretty average.
All in all, A Walk in the Woods is just a light comedy with a one word story (the word being; Hike) that you can watch on a rainy Sunday with a coffee. That’s it.
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