Movie Review of The Way

Movie Review of The Way
Christian Literature at BellaOnline is a column of book reviews. While I am approached to review movies and music, I have always turned down the requests. In a departure from the norm, I wanted to bring attention to a movie that we recently viewed. In the midst of cheesy romances and stale comedies, The Way with Martin Sheen and his son, Emilio Estevez is by far one of the best movies I have seen lately. Written for the screen, produced and directed by Emilio Estevez, The Way is a pleasant surprise. Estevez pulled off a wonderfully serious movie replete with beautiful cinematography.

Martin Sheen's character, Tom, is a doctor who is living a comfortable club, golf appointments...yet who remains detached from meaningful, social interactions. His life is living him. Estevez, plays his son, Daniel, who is a polar opposite. Close to earning his PHd in cultural anthropology, Daniel announces he is quitting graduate school in order to travel the world and truly embrace life. In a memorable line from the movie, he tells his father, "You don't choose a life, you live life." In a shocking call, Tom learns Daniel was killed and flies to Europe to retrieve the body. Once there, he learns his son died while setting out to walk the Camino de Santiago---the Way of St. James---a five hundred mile trek spanning the French Pyrenees Mountains to Spain. Deciding he must finish the walk for Daniel, Tom sets out on the spiritual pilgrimage. Along the way, he is slowly transformed as he embraces the need for community and draws closer to God.

The majority of the action in The Way takes place along the trail and shows the slow metamorphosis of Tom as he is affected by the conversations of fellow pilgrims and his memories of his son, Daniel. The Way is a synergy of contemplative spirituality and the human need for connection within a community.

The Way is available from online retailers such as and is available to rent at your local Redbox.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed within are solely those of the reviewer who was moved to purchase the movie after viewing a rental. Compensation was not offered.

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