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First Major Review of Sheen Film “The Way”

October 2, 2010

The Hollywood Reporter reviewed “The Way,” starring Martin Sheen and directed by son Emilio Estevez, and for the most part reviewer Kurt Honeycutt’s response to the Camino-based film is a big, fat yawn.

In the byline, Honeycutt complains that the movie is “A spiritual journey that comes off more as a travelogue without much drama.”

Watch the trailer at the official website, or check out the Youtube version dubbed over in Espanol:

This is certainly a disappointment to anyone who’s walked the Camino, but there is a silver lining – the review gives major props for the way “The Way” captures the beauty of the ancient pilgrims route: “Estevez’s crew does nothing to spoil the scenery or snap-shots of life along the Camino de Santiago.”

The lack of drama and long running time (129 minutes) may unfortunately keep “The Way” from a wide-release in the U.S., where blockbuster movies require robot velociraptors to tackle helicopters every five seconds in order to keep the audience’s attention (you’d totally watch that, admit it), but the star power of Sheen and Estevez alone should spark at least some interest.

At the very least, I’ll be watching “The Way” to get a healthy dose of Caimino nostalgia through a high-quality camera lens. Besides, by the time “The Way” actually arrives to DVD, it might be the only movie that can be watched without 3D glasses.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. sonja permalink
    October 5, 2010 8:48 pm

    This critic was apparently in the minority and he was NOT the first major review of “The Way.”

    http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117943515.html?categoryid=2863&cs=1

    http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctentertainment/2010/09/the-way-puts-christian-films-t-1.ht

  2. Dylan Romero permalink*
    October 5, 2010 10:27 pm

    I stand corrected. Thanks for the additional links. Perhaps I’ll add an addendum that says “first negative review.” 😛

  3. sonja permalink
    October 13, 2010 1:03 pm

    Funny.

    Way to continue to be unoriginal, LAZY and true to form, by re-quote.
    But I recognize a white flag when I smell one.

  4. sonja permalink
    October 13, 2010 2:26 pm

    The Way reviews:

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1441912/externalreviews

  5. david p jacobsen permalink
    September 24, 2011 12:59 pm

    The Hollywood Reporter of “The Way” was probably written before watching the film. I just finished walking the last half of the Camino with a small group. The actual pilgrimage improved my life, values and attitudes. Having twice watched the move on British Airways flying home last week, I believe that it is one of the best movies of the decade. Great story, acting, dialog, photography and spiritual message should create many, many academy awards. The Sheens produced a great movie. Unfortunately Hollywood is secular and does not respect any religion. Movie fans, not critics should ultamately judge the results.

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