A Walk in the Woods

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From the title you can surmise there are layers to this film, both comic and commentary. Unlike Wild, which took on the Pacific Coast Trail as trial and metaphor in a different way, this isn’t very much of a complete story. However, it is an amusing reflection on age, life, and passion as seen from a distance.

Robert Redford (All is Lost) and Nick Nolte (The Company You Keep) make an odd pairing, but they play off one another well. The humor tends to be dry and comfortable, the way two old friends may well communicate. The story is really theirs, with a series of smaller roles for the likes of  Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) and Mary Steenburgen (Last Vegas) to help spice it all up and provide a sense of a larger world for Redford, in particular.

Two cameos of note were from Nick Offerman (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) and Kristen Schaal (The Boss). I can’t say I find myself wanting to see more of of Schaal, but she played her part for this well. The problem is that her characters always just come across as annoying to me.

While there may not be much of a tale to tell for your time, the performances are entertaining. Redford, especially, for his returning to some of his comic roots that haven’t really been shown off for a long time. We expect dry sarcasm from Nolte, but Redford has been serious a bit too long and he really has great comic timing.

A Walk in the Woods

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