Friday, January 22, 2016
Old people should know they cannot portray a younger person
Most folk that know Sherry and I know that sweet lady followed me over much of the world, in my chase for life ;-) . Once getting our exercise while camping, we hiked up Standing Indian Mountain in western North Carolina. She met some Appalachian Thru-hikers, smelly fellows, and SHE decided on an adventure this time, "We should hike the AT." We were in our 60’s at the time, and my first statement was, ‘Are you crazy?’
‘No’ she said sternly, ‘We can do it.’
So the seed was planted and we started researching what was needed to make the 2,170 mile walk. To the Franklin Library. A sweet young lady suggested we read the best seller, ‘A Walk in The Woods’ by Bill Bryson. We bought the book and we loved it. It was entertaining, not much on trail knowledge, but absolutely spell binding and a page turner.
We have touted the book for years, the entire book has ‘ONE’ bad word in it. Why? I have no idea but he seemed to require the ‘F’ word once.
We did finally hike most of the trail, over 1875 miles of it. Thru hikers smile, Bryson, who only hiked about 200 miles of the trail before quitting wrote a very good book on the trail. When the movie came out we could not wait to see it (but we did wait). Son Mark bought us the CD of the movie for my birthday.
The spoof stars Robert Redford and Nick Nolte. Both OLD MEN. Have you ever read a book, then later see the movie? Have you been happy with the screen writer? Well there are no raves here, it was okay, but these two aging actors, although very famous did not fit the roles. The story is sprinkled with a lot of foul language (seems to be a requirement of Hollywood)
We can say it all we want to, that age is just a number, but there are areas that AGE doesn't match the part.
If you read the book ‘A Walk in The Woods’ I would not recommend seeing the movie. It might be okay for someone who did not read the book.
I feel sorry for the folk who won’t read a best seller but will say, “I'm waiting for the movie.” They are missing something of beauty in words.
I hesitated to watch the movie because I am in the process of writing a book involving the AT, being afraid I would unconsciously transfer something into my writing. But after watching the movie, there is no problem.