The Way (2012)

  • Director – Emilio Estevez
  • Starring – Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, James Nesbit
  • Written By – Jack Hitt (book), Emilio Estevez (written for the screen)
  • Year – 2012
  • Length – 123 mins

The Way is a powerful, yet simple and really quite moving film, which tells the story of Tom (Martin Sheen) whose son, Daniel (Emilio Estevez) dies during the first night of his trek along the “El camino de Santiago”, an 800-kilometre pilgrimage from the bottom of France to the top of Spain. After travelling to France to bring Daniel home, Tom is compelled to carry Daniel’s ashes the length of the pilgrimage, so together they can finish what Daniel started.

I always find it fascinating to see a Father and Son on screen together.  A son directing his father must have made for an interesting on set dynamic.  However the results are impressive, as through Estevez’s stripped back direction and Sheen’s rich, layered and above all else authentic performance, they have delivered a film of which the family should be proud.  If only Charlie could have had a cameo……then again maybe not. (more…)