There’s no more essential story than that of the Hero’s Journey, and when you combine that with a tale of redemption and spiritual awakening, you should have all the ingredients necessary for a moving, powerful film. That was what Emilio Estevez undoubtedly had in mind when he adapted, directed and gave himself a key role in the film The Way.
Redeeming this self-important film is the gorgeous scenery of rural France and, mostly, rural Spain, as Tom and his ragtag companions on the way travel along, day after slogging day, each on their own ostensible spiritual quest. We live in an age of cynicism, though, and while the four travelers are all on their pilgrimages, there’s not much introspection and almost no redemption or enlightenment at the end of the journey.
Crazy how everyone views films so differently isn’t it — I thought Martin Sheen was perfect is this movie — completely wonderful. Didn’t expect to like this film at all but I found it subtle, moving and quite beautiful!
I completely agree, I though the scenery and the fell were amazing but the dialog was boring and dull, I actually had high hopes for this movie but was sadly disappointed (my wife feel asleep).
I too thought Sheen was excellent in this role. You don’t expect an ophthalmologist, any more than, say, a dentist, to be the life of the party. He’s a phlegmatic person whose nature excursions are only on the golf course till his globe-trotter son dies just after the start of El Camino & he travels to Europe to recover the body. His decision to do the walk, the companions he gathers, and their (mis)adventures along the way, enable the director to show this dull but grieving man realising bigger dimensions to his life. The superb scenery complements the personal interactions.