There’s a DVD that came out last week that deserves a lot more attention than it’s getting. “The Way,” hit theaters in October, and was recently released to watch at home.
“The Way,” is written and directed by Emilio Estevez, and lucky for him, he got the talents of his father Martin Sheen to star in the film.
The film shows that as a director, Estevez not only has talent, but he’s sensitive and can write a piece of work that moves you to tears at times. However, he needs to pay a lot of credit to Sheen for making the film work.
Because he got Sheen to take the starring role, Estevez’s film is a success. Without the right person to star in a film that primarily focuses on a man walking on a trail, it could have easily become boring or a pointless movie. However, “The Way” is so much more.
Sheen plays Tom, an ophthalmologist, whose only son, Daniel (played by Estevez in small part), dies in severe weather in the Pyrenees while trying to walk the Way of St. James (also known as the Camino de Santiago), a pilgrimage of hundreds of miles that ends in northwest Spain at a cathedral where the Apostle James is said to be buried.
After being notified of his son’s death, Tom goes to Spain to retrieve his body. After opting to cremate his son, Tom makes a quick decision to do what his son wanted to do in life.
In one of his last conversations with his son, Tom asked him why he didn’t just stay in the United States and live a traditional life. However, Daniel tells his father, “I want to see the world.”
Tom decides to see the world his son missed out on by taking the journey with no experience, but a certain drive carries him through as he heads out on the pilgrimage.
Tom is a no-nonsense man, who just wants to accomplish the task at hand. That becomes hard to do once he starts meeting people along the way. One of those, who quickly becomes Tom’s companion, is Dutchman Joost (Yorick van Wageningen). Others joining the group include Sarah (Deborah Kara Unger), a moody female with a past who is just trying to quit smoking, and an Irishman, Jack (James Nesbitt).
Most of his companions have no idea why Tom is taking the pilgrimage, but they often wonder.
The supporting cast is good, but 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.