WRITTEN BY: Rick Kerb, Bill Holderman
DIRECTED BY: Ken Kwapis
STARRING: Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson
RATING: 3 stars
Travel writer Bill Bryson (Robert Redford) decides to challenge himself by hiking the Appalachian Trail in the United States. His wife (Emma Thompson) does not want him to go alone so he brings along his old friend Katz (Nick Nolte), an overweight alcoholic who he has not seen in decades. During their journey, they meet some interesting characters and wild animals, and endure various weather conditions.
Based on Bryson's book, A Walk In The Woods is a cute buddy film that will appeal especially to hikers and older audiences. Redford had planned to make this his third collaboration with Paul Newman before his death, but Redford still works well with Nolte. Thompson has a minor role but she is always a joy to watch. The film drags on in parts and there are predictable moments, but the performances are strong and the film looks beautiful. There are also a lot of laughs and a sweet message about enduring friendships. After seeing this film, you might want to find a friend and go for a hike.