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Movie Review: The Way

Estevez has made a heartfelt, life-affirming film with beautifulscenery, complex characters but just a few too many walking montages.

Genre: Drama

Director: Emilio Estevez

Stars: Emilio Estevez, Martin Sheen, Deborah Kara Unger

***1⁄2

In The Way Martin Sheen plays Tom, a complacent optometrist whose adult son (played by his real-life son Emilio Estevez, who also directed) is killed in a freak accident while making a spiritual journey on the El camino de Santiago from France to Spain.

After collecting his son’s ashes in France, Tom decides to continue his son’s journey and walk the 800 plus kilometre pilgrimage.

Estevez has made a heartfelt, life-affirming film with beautiful scenery, complex characters but just a few too many walking montages. The characters walk and walk, which is fine because mostly they are going somewhere both physically and mentally, but fewer steps might have made for a tighter film.

 
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