Laughter on the hop
A Walk in the Woods (M) 1hr 38mins Directed by Ken Kwapis Reviewed by Peter Lampp ★★★ 1⁄
When you’re over the hill, trekking up ’em might not be the brightest idea. That’s the case in this funny American walking film.
Following The Way and Walking the Camino, both set in Spain, Tracks (Australia) and Reese Witherspoon’s Wild, walking films are quite in vogue, .
Set on the Appalachian Trial which wends through the forests from Georgia to Maine, it’s based on the book by travel writer Bill Bryson.
The jocular script is clever. With two noted actors aged in their 70s – Robert Redford as Bryson and Nick Nolte as the hard case Stephen Katz, an old buddy and former serial philanderer – older folk will laugh from go to whoa.
Emma Thompson plays Bryson’s wife Catherine who rightly feels her husband is bonkers taking on a 3500km hike instead of reclining in his rocker and attending funerals.
There are laughs a-plenty as the ageing hikers relive past conquests, have humorous encounters with other hikers, with one woman who wouldn’t shut up, with bears of the angry variety and even an affronted husband.