Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Way, Way Back

Has anyone heard about this movie?

I hadn't, until a few days ago.

My good friend and former roommate, Blake, texted me to let me know a group of our friends were going to see it.

I had no idea what it was, who was in it, or what it was about, so naturally I looked up the trailer.

I was instantly interested.

I decided to put off some other tentative plans so that I could go see the movie.

I'm glad I did!

This is absolutely my favorite movie of the summer, and might end up being my favorite movie of the year!

I'm hearing good things about Mud, which I still need to see, but The Way, Way Back will be hard to beat.

I'm not really sure how to classify my favorite type of movie, but this is definitely in the same category.
This difficult-to-define category includes films such as 500 Days of Summer, Midnight in Paris, Dan in Real Life, Whip-It, 50/50, Juno, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Basically I love thoughtful, qwirky, character driven dramedies (drama + comedy), like those typically released by Fox Searchlight (which includes The Way, Way Back, by the way).

The Way, Way back, hits each of these elements perfectly, It was so incredibly funny, but also so tender and thoughful. The cast and characters were perfect! Not everyone is likeable, but they all did excellent jobs.

Can I just say, Sam Rockwell is INCREDIBLE! He is quickly rising to the top of my list of favorite actors.  This is the guy who played Wild Bill in The Green Mile, Guy Fleegman in Galaxy Quest, Justin Hammer in Iron Man 2, and my personal favorite, Sam Bell in Moon.
I'm convinced that this guy can do just about anything.

I'm committing right now to see more of his movies.

The Way, Way Back was made for only $4.6 million. It is an excellent example of the type of quality film that can be made for a relatively low budget.

I am so glad that there are still companies like Fox Searchlight financing and distributing films like this!

In my opinion, this company is the only shining light in the movie industry right now. I am getting so tired of the mega budget special effect spectacles that all the big companies are making right now.

After a while, it all begins to look and sound like Transformers.

If you look at the list of Fox Searchlight's movies, you see a very impressive history. Many of my all-time favorite movies are on that list.  Almost all of the best movies from the last few years are on that list.  In my opinion, movies by Fox Searchlight are some of the only movies worth seeing anymore.  I can't praise them enough.

I don't want to say too much about the film, because I don't want to risk detracting from the experience if you choose to see it. I will say though that the relationship between Owen (Sam Rockwell), and Duncan (Liam James), is one of the most tender on-screen relationships that I can remember. I love their interactions and dialog. Almost immediately we become deeply endeared to both of them. If you want to see what quality character development looks like, definitely go see The Way, Way back.

I'm giving The Way, Way Back a solid 5 out of 5 stars. I will definitely be pre-ordering this one, and probably seeing it multiple times in theaters.

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