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Review: A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods is a sweet, heartwarming tale of friendship and self discovery. Starring Robert Redford (The Horse Whisperer), Nick Nolte (The Warrior) and Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks), the movie is based on a book of the same name and is a true story by American travel writer Bill Bryson.

Redford plays Bill who, after a friend’s funeral decides to hike the Appalachian Trail in search of adventure. When his wife Catherine (Thompson) won’t let him go alone because he “too old”, Bill calls around old friends to get a hiking buddy, but no one wants to go. That is until his old travel friend Stephen Katz (Nick Nolte) invites himself along. Katz is out of shape and an alcoholic, but the only one who will go, so Bill agrees.

What follows is a funny, sweet and slightly dangerous trek across the trail as the two encounter other hikers, snow and wild animals on their quest. While it’s certainly no Into The Wild or even Wild and leans more towards a ‘Grandpas gone wild’ feel, it’s easy watching and an ok way to spend an hour and 45 minutes with the family.

Redford is as always, excellent and very convincing in the role, while Nolte, initially quite off-putting, slowly gains likability as the movie goes on. A lovely, sweet movie for all the family.

Release date: September 18th

3 stars