In this new comedy adventure, celebrated travel writer, Bill Bryson (Academy Award winner Robert Redford), instead of retiring to enjoy his loving and beautiful wife (Academy Award winner Emma Thompson), and large and happy family, challenges himself to hike the Appalachian Trail – 2,200 miles of America’s most unspoiled, spectacular and rugged countryside from Georgia to Maine. The peace and tranquility he hopes to find, though, is anything but, once he agrees to being accompanied by the only person he can find willing to join him on the trek – his long lost and former friend Katz (Academy Award nominee Nick Nolte), a down-on-his-luck serial philanderer who, after a lifetime of relying on his charm and wits to keep one step ahead of the law – sees the trip as a way to sneak out of paying some debts and sneak into one last adventure before its too late. The trouble is, the two have a completely different definition of the word, “adventure”. Now they’re about to find out that when you push yourself to the edge, the real fun begins.
I thought this movie was good but it seemed like I was watching Wild again. Except this was two old guys and a different trail and Wild was a true story. Mary Ellen was so annoying I would probably have done the same thing they did. I thought it was cool that the one character had my mom’s name though. I’m not sure how far I would be able to get on the Appalachian trail if I started all the way in Georgia and headed towards Maine. I would probably reach like halfway and be sitting there to decide whether to give up or to keep going. 2,018 miles seems pretty far to walk for guy their age. Although they were stupid not to take other people’s help I liked that they wanted to accomplish something so big all by themselves and made it s far as they did. They had some guts for two old men. Though I did think his son would have offered to go with him or his daughter. That would have been the nice thing for them to do. Also at one point it seemed like they cheated even though it was to get away from Mary Ellen.
3 1/2 stars