This was easily the most touching film I’ve seen in a long, long time. Martin Sheen shines as he gives a stellar performance in the lead role. I agree 100% with every article I read that claimed it would be a cinematic tragedy if he wasn’t nominated for an Oscar. His portrayal of Tom Avery immediately thrust into the shrine of my most beloved characters ever on the big screen. From the opening moments where he finds out his son Daniel (played by Emilio Estevez) has been killed in a tragic accident in the Pyrenees while walking the Camino, to his bold decision to continue the pilgrimage in his honor, to his imminent meltdown, all the way to his epic transformation…….it was like an enthralling book I just couldn’t put down.
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“The real hero of this film is the landscape itself. The El Camino de Santiago, (or St. James Way), traverses France and northern Spain, where it ends in Galicia, at a cathedral that supposedly holds the body of the Apostle James. The journey takes us through villages, cities, rural trails, and finally, to the Atlantic Ocean itself.”
“Anyone who is tired of watching the typical Hollywood blockbuster movie should see this rare gem about the power of transformation.”
“We’re all searching for something. Faith, answers, guidance, beauty, fresh air, history. We all go on journeys.”
“It’s a simple beautifully done film about a father coming to terms with his son’s untimely death against the backdrop of one of history’s most revered pilgrimages.”
“Estevez delivers an extraordinary film that sadly hasn’t received a whole lot of attention. If you want a great feel good movie, THE WAY is definitely worth the extra effort to seek out.”
“Sheen steals the show. He is a great actor, always takes whatever role he plays and makes it unique, and this one is another worthy notch on his growing belt of accomplishments.”
“one of the best surprises of 2011…daring in its simplicity and inspirational without trying too hard.”
I remember when I found Emilio Estevez’s Twitter page last year. I was a little out of the loop as far as what he’d been up to since he appeared on an episode of Two and a Half Men a few years prior. I was intrigued to see him working on a new movie, titled The Way. I’d been a huge fan of two other films he wrote, directed, and starred in: The War at Home and Bobby. Both were unique and powerful in their own respective rights and quickly found their way to my DVD collection. So naturally, when I found out about the new project, The Way, I dove right in and brushed up on all the available information on the development process and followed the news on the movie all the way to it’s U.S. theatrical release in October 2011.