The Way, Way Back [*Indie Film Alert]

The joys of watching a great Independent Film never seems to get old and sharing it with you all is even better. A few weeks ago I did go to one of my local theatres and watched The Dallas Buyers Club. That was a great movie and deserves the recognition and attention that it is receiving. Since, I took a break from blogging last mont, I was didn’t post about it. With that being said, please go see The Dallas Buyers Club and tell me what you think.

Now on to the focus of this specific post; The Way, Way Back. It’s no longer in theatres, so you’ll have to rent or buy the dvd. For me, I was familiar with this film and remember when it was released, but never made it to a movie theatre to watch and really hadn’t thought about it since. Until recently, when I was scanning dvd selections for rent and came across it. I watched the above trailer (which was far better than the tv version) and was intrigued.

It’s a coming of age story, similar to one of my favorites – The Perks of Being a Wallflower. This story takes places over the course of a summer for a boy that is 14 years old. He’s dealing with unstable relationships with the adults in his life, but begins to find solace in an unlikely place and friends.

What I loved about the film was the vulnerability of its lead young actor Duncan. He’s a timid kid that learns to be brave and adventurous. Duncan encounters moments of sheer happiness and glee, but that can quickly turn to sadness and anger because of different situations in his life. It is our role as the viewer to follow along with him and before you know it, you too will be embracing his outlooks and emotions. I even found myself verbally rooting for him to take a chance and just do it (one of the last major moment of the movie, after watching you’ll know what I’m talking about).

The Way, Way Back makes you look back on your own life and identify those defining moments from your childhood that really changed the direction of your life for the better. It’s those moment that have a positive affect on us and really have a way of shaping our personalities, identities, character and outlook on life. It’s through those defining moments, for Duncan it was a summer, that really show us who we are at a young age. After watching the movie it will help you realize how each situation, be it good or bad, plays an important role in your own life story.

At its core it’s a simple independent film with a heartfelt story that will make you smile at the end. I recommend everyone go out and watch this movie. For me, this is one of those films that is still in my mind days after watching. 

If you’ve seen it and/or once you watch it, tell me what you think?   

THE WAY, WAY BACK is the funny and poignant coming of age story of 14-year-old Duncan’s (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter, Steph (Zoe Levin).  Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen (Sam Rockwell), manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up to and begins to finally find his place in the world – all during a summer he will never forget.

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