Walk Hard

December 12, 2012

“THE HOBBIT” OPENS FRIDAY! “THE HOBBIT” OPENS FRIDAY! Put on your furry-feet slippers, because “The Hobbit” opens Friday! In celebration, here are some other movies about walking. Because they walk a lot in “The Hobbit.” Which opens Friday.

1. The Way (2010)
In this moving indie, Martin Sheen plays a man who takes the famous pilgrimage of Santiago de Compostela after his son dies while attempting the same walk. It seems that one can simply walk from France to Spain.

2. Meek’s Cutoff (2010)
Michelle Williams’ pioneer woman (she makes Laura Ingalls Wilder look like a wuss) gets lost with a group on the way to Oregon. It’s like playing “Oregon Trail” as a kid, only when you die of dysentery, you actually die. Of dysentery.

3. The Way Back (2010)
Fleeing POWs put one foot in front of the other across 4,000 miles of Siberian nothing (and a few other countries of nothing) and into India. Check out their route on a map so you can feel bad about cabbing it for 12 blocks.

4. Walkabout (1971)
A dad goes nuts, drives his two kids into the Australian outback, starts shooting at them, then sets fire to his car and kills himself. The kids meet an Aboriginal teen who helps out, but the outback still kind of sucks.

5. Into the Wild (2007)
True story: A college grad (Emile Hirsch) decides to go to Alaska to hang out. With no training. And little equipment. Things don’t go well.

Kristen Page-Kirby covers film for The Washington Post Express.
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