A travel-writer decides he wants to go on a hike along the Appalachian trail from Georgia to Maine.
Bill Bryson (Robert Redford) who is a travel writer who wrote books about his travel experience, decides that after taking an almost 40 years long break from traveling, he wants to do it again. That’s why he chooses to go hiking on the Appalachian trail.
Since his wife (Emma Thompson) won’t let him travel alone, he calls all his friends to go with him, but no one wants to, except a long lost friend (Nick Nolte) with whom he hasn’t spoken in years.
So off they go together, two old men, trying to relive their youth. Of course, as soon as they get climbing they realize it’s not as easy as they remember. On the road they meet all kind of people and have all kinds of misfortunes. By the end of the movie they grow closer together and realize they don’t need to hike all the Appalachian trail to prove they still ‘got it’.
A Walk in the Woods is a light film, perfect for a relaxed evening or afternoon at home. There’s nothing extraordinary about the movie, but it does has a nice story behind it. The plot is pretty linear, nothing out of the common or that you wouldn’t expect happens. It literally is just two men who went hiking.
What I did love about the movie is how real it made it all seem. You know how you sometimes see this movies where people go hiking and they keep getting into all kinds of ‘less-than-likely-to-happen’ accidents? Well this movie didn’t have that, so I really liked that. It made it more relatable.
I don’t know what else is there to be said about this movie except that if you want to see an ‘easy-to-watch’ movie, then you should check it out.