The Appalachian Trail Conservancy previewed A Walk in the Woods prior to its opening September 2nd.
ATC Executive Director Ron Tipton greeted us before Bill Bryson's book hit the big screen, starring Robert Redford as Bill Bryson and Nick Nolte playing Katz.
A Walk in the Woods is a tale of two old goats who, contemplating death, hit the Appalachian Trail filled with hope, too much gear and not enough preparation.
This is neither an AT documentary nor a family flick. There are enough F-bombs and crude jokes (more worthy of Vince Vaughn and Seth Rogen than Redford and Nolte) that the film will have no ambassadorial role.
We laughed often at first. I loved the line by Emma Thompson, Bryson's wife, bidding him farewell and asking him to try not to die.
If you've hiked the AT in the South, you'll recognize Neel Gap and Fontana Dam.
Alas, the combined weight of the Trail, the hikers and the film itself ended the quest. Everything rather collapsed into a quiet, confident retreat as the curtain descended.
There's no chance the film will inspire old guys to hike. And don't have any fears about noobs flooding the Trail.
Leave the kids at home and join two old guys for A Walk in the Woods. Here's the trailer:
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