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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A Walk in the Woods (2015)

This is a good story with three great actors--Robert Redford plays Bill Bryson, the writer from Des Moines.  Nick Nolte plays a friend of his from back in his young adulthood who still lives in Des Moines.  Emma Thompson plays Bryson's wife.  Bryson decides that he is going to hike the Appalachian Trail, bottom to top, Georgia to Mount Katadahn in Maine.  He has little experience, minimal conditioning to get it underway, and yet he is determined to do it.  His wife goes nuts and tells him that he absolutely cannot do this by himself, and he goes with the only person who agrees to do it with him.  They have a somewhat crochety relationship with each other, and meet some exaggerated personalities and difficult situations along the way.  They have a near encounter with bears, they regret refusing help at one point, only to be incredibly grateful later when they are saved from a place they could not get of on their own.  It is an adventure in every sense of the word, and the movie has some of the humor tinged with a bit of the pedantic that is the hallmark of Bryson's work.  Not to mention a great soundtrack of Lord Huron songs that I love.

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