The Way

Friday, December 09 th, 2016 at 00:12 am 

The Way

JOY REVIEW

The Way is a very emotional movie that is directed by Emilio Estevez and stars his dad, Martin Sheen. It takes a while for it to get going, but it is a very emotional film about kind of an old-fashioned dad who is an ophthalmologist in California, who has a difficult time relating to his son. They have a very complicated relationship, especially when his son drops out of school to travel the world. His father thinks he is being an idiot, and it turns out that the son, who is played by Emilio Estevez, ends up dying in kind of a freak accident while he is walking “the Way.” The Way is a pilgrimage trail in Spain that goes for hundreds of miles and has been traveled by pilgrims for 1,000 years to follow the path traversed by St. James. The father decides to go and bring the son’s body home and actually walk the trail that his son was supposed to walk, scattering his ashes along the way. But not only is it a story of father and son, and to a certain extent redemption, it is a story of the other pilgrims seen on the way. One is described as a man for whom kindness is habit, who is from Holland. There’s also a very brittle Canadian woman, and kind of a charming writer with writer’s block from Ireland, and the film shows how the four of them bond. I’m not going to tell you very much about it because it is much more fun to kind of discover it, and it is kind of one of those little movies that sneaks up on you. Three and a half stars.

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