I recommend “The Way” for anyone looking for a light, funny, feel-good movie on a rainy Sunday. Basic no-surprise plot. Good casting buckled with very good soundtrack, humor, captivating vistas and mouth watering food scenes. And the lead character (Martin Sheen) is, like me, an acknowledged “Believer of Convenience” (Easter, Christmas) so the flick resonated with me. The 2-minute trailer captures the plot nicely.
Quick recap and highlights:
- Story: Tom (played by Martin Sheen) is a 60+ year old ophthalmologist who learns that his 40 year old estranged son dies on Pilgrimage in Northwest Spain (El Camino de Santiago). He travels to identify and retrieve his son. He decides to take two months off work after learning about the Pilgrimage. On his journey, he runs into Yost (a large, kind-hearted, funny Dutchman), Sarah (a sharp tongued French Canadian beauty) and Jack (an Irish writer). They each have their own non-religious personal reasons for making the pilgrimage yet they each exit the trek with it having left a profound impact on them. No cliffhangers on this plot – fairly straightforward – but the packaging makes it enticing.
- Music: Loved it. Including but not limited to James Taylor (“Walking Down the Country Road”); Nick Drake (“Pink Moon”); Alanis Morissette (“Thank you”) and David Gray (“My Oh My”).
- Food: What’s not to like. Simple. Fresh. Bread. Wine. Cheese. Lamb. Outside dining on wooden tables with friends. When can we leave for Spain?
- Location: Spectacular cinematography of vistas in France and N.W. Spain. This movie inspired me to add this “walk” to my bucket list.
- Source: The Netflix “algorithm” recommended this Netflix Instant movie for me @ 4.5 stars. (Noted that Amazon movie reviewers rated it 4.4 out of 5.) Netflix and Amazon were on point on the ratings.