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Amiable yet less compelling than any road trip movie starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte should be, A Walk in the Woods is ultimately a bit too pedestrian.
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Redford's performance is really so stilted it's as if he is playing Bill Bryson the way a famous writer with no performing skills might play himself.
A pleasant-enough account of two shambling old geezers taking on the grandeur of nature.
Decides to go for - nay, strain for - antics. You can hear the brainstorming: What can we have happen to them?
A Walk in the Woods is pleasant but inconsequential, a passing diversion rather than a worthy cinematic destination.
While older audiences will go for it, even viewers who haven't acquired the wisdom of age can learn something.
Too much of the breezy humor that made the book a delight is stripped away, replaced with predictable jokes and broad slapstick, sitcom-quality encounters with women and bears and a pushy, grating sentimentality.
As beautiful, witty and serene as this story of self-discovery is, and as effortlessly as the veteran stars pull it off, I can't help but hope that Redford will take on a project with a bit more meat on the bone.
Redford, Nolte, and co. want us to leave with a profound sense of self and inspiration, they leave us instead with a fairly fun buddy-comedy in the woods. Still, it's worth the walk.
American Pie for nursing homes.
They wander across the screen, and we gain no insight into their characters. The dialogue isn't funny or moving. Nothing is ventured, and nothing is gained.
Worth sticking with for that, and to see Redford and Nolte spark off each other like the old pros they are.
"A Walk in the Woods" makes you laugh and inspires you to reconnect with people and nature. It's truly a feel-good film.
The film is not the grand daddy of hiking movies or the grand slam it should have been, but it is funny and worth watching. Redford and Nolte are hilarious together and are the highlight of a very simple story. Nolte steals the film with the grumpy old man Katz, who has all the funny moments and helps this film from growing into melodramatic. Redford is always watchable and here he gives a suttle performance that never gets in the way of the chemistry of the two central characters. The film fails when it forces the comedy moments, like the annoying hitchhiker or the red car riding around looking for Katz. The filmmakers only needed to have the camera sitting on the two leads The filmmaker might not have been the most inspired choice but this film is good for a night in or a long flight. 19/10/2018.
The story of author Bill Bryson's hike along the appalachian trail does have traces of his humor, which his readers will certainly appreciate. Additionally there is some "dad humor" as well, harmless and flat, but somewhat likable. The film flows rather well, some editing and camera decisions feel a tad random, though. Still, no one should regret taking this trip with fine actors like Redford and Nolte. Just the ending of the hike feels a bit sudden and anticlimatic.
Whether you have a film like Ex Machina winning the Oscar for best visual effects over films like Mad Max: Fury Road or The Hurt Locker taking precedence over behemoth's like Avatar for best picture, independent films have always had a way of winning over the hearts of many viewers. While not as widely viewed or praised, A Walk in the Woods is a very likeable indie gem that nobody really talks about. Sure, it received a shocking box office return, raking in almost $30,000,000.00, but the word of mouth never spread. This is a film that would attract an audience over the age of 50, but I myself found it quite enjoyable. A Walk in the Woods may not be deserving of high praise, but it's a harmless tale of reconnecting.
Released in 2015, A Walk in the Woods follows Bill Bryson (Robert Redford), an elderly novelist who doesn't have much excitement left in his life. Wanting to hike a trail in his hometown, he seeks companionship as his wife wouldn't let him make the trek otherwise. Stephen Katz (Nick Nolte) is the man who seems up to the task, so the two of them venture out into the wilderness to find themselves. This truly is just a simple tale of reconnecting with old friends and exploring parts of yourself that you wish you had in the past. Sadly, there isn't enough substance here to call it a great film, but Robert Redford and Nick Nolte are so likeable as these characters that this average film becomes quite enjoyable.
While watching this film, it's very hard to ignore the low-budget feel, especially if you are into filmmaking as much as I am. Some of the backgrounds are obviously on a sound stage to keep these actors protected and the locations in this film are slim to none. A Walk in the Woods is a very self-aware and contained film, as to what its limits hold. If I'm being completely honest, I found myself picking out the real scenery from the fake scenery, simply due to the fact that the dialogue felt so simple most of the time. Having said that, their dialogue feels extremely fresh at times, due to the commitment of these two very talented actors.
This film may seem like a movie that is only full understood by someone over the age of 50, but anyone who enjoys likeable chemistry, a relaxing story, or slice-of-life storytelling, the you may just find yourself enjoying A Walk in the Woods quite a bit. Watching Redford and Nolte banter through the woods for a solid 90 minutes was well worth the watch on its own. This will never be a film that will be remembered as a classic, but it sure beats the old-age jokes from a film like Last Vegas, where actors like Morgan Freeman or Kevin Klein are just present for a good time and a paycheque. As simple as this story is, it's definitely worth a watch and doesn't deserve to be as forgotten as it has become over the past year or so.
A Walk in the Woods shouldn't be criticized for its simplicity, which is what some critics have said about it, because a film like this can't really do much more than it does. It promises an enjoyable time through the woods with two old friends who need a little excitement in their old age, and it delivers just that. Nothing more and nothing less. This is a perfectly fine and disposable film for anyone who wants a quick smile on their face when they have nothing else to watch. Well-directed for the most part, very well-acted by these two veterans, and the script is as competent as it should be for this type of film. I didn't find myself jumping up and down and needing to recommend it to everyone, but for how likeable it is, it's sad that it hasn't been seen by many viewers. A Walk in the Woods is an enjoyable little flick.
In a film starring two once potent male presences, the women steal the movie. Each moment with the ladies is filled with life, in fact the only connect in the film. The larger part though, the parts featuring the guys, is like being trapped in an elevator with some schmuck telling you bad jokes: you keep looking at the doors, no matter how hard you try not to, hoping they'll open ... now! They decide to hike America. Why? No reason is given. It's almost as if all the items that would have made a connect were consciously discarded. Frustrating is all.
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