A Walk In The Woods
By Callum Sharp
We went to A Walk In The Woods at about half past midday on a Tuesday, and all I remember was being out of my element, trying desperately to scrounge for any sense of youth I may have left in me. To say the least, we brought the average age down a hefty notch.
Having never read this Bill Bryson classic, I really didn’t know what to expect going in to see the movie. I’d read the synopsis, which spoke about a couple of seniors heading out on an all out Kerouac inspired adventure that would take them across some of the most beautiful parts of the US, and considering I have a slight obsession with US culture and scenery, I was desperate to see some of the crazy landscapes. I failed to clock onto the titled of the movie completely, and had I caught on sooner, I wouldn’t have put myself through the entire movie, probably not even the opening credits. It literally was just a walk in the woods, in which the protagonists failed to make it the entire length of the journey, they just sort of… gave up and went home.
I couldn’t empathise with the main characters at all either, firstly because of their age, but more importantly because the actors didn’t even attempt to establish a connection with the audience. Bryson, the main character played by Robert Redford, is not how I would’ve expected Bryson to be in real life at all, and it left my view of the famous author I’ve looked up to for so many years tainted. Bryson’s psycho sidekick Katz was a wildcard too, who was played by Nick Nolte. He was as useless at acting his character as his character was at being useless and his husky voice disrupted the flow of dialogue, making it almost impossible to understand what he was trying to say, it was like listening to Yoda on acid.
With that said, the general theme was inspiring. The movie took us on a journey across the Appalachian trial and did show elements of conflict, struggle, comedy and general enjoyment, all of which should be ticked off when trying to make a movie, especially a book adaptation. Oh… and the soundtrack was killer, big fan of Lord Huron.
2.5 out of 5
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