Walk tale slow-going
THE WAY (12A)
Martin Sheen, Yorick van Wageningen, Deborah Kara Unger, James Nesbitt.
A GRIEVING patriarch walks in the footsteps of his late son in the fourth directorial feature of actor Emilio Estevez, who once again casts his father Martin Sheen in front of the camera. The Way is a deeply personal film for the Estevez family, who wanted to pay tribute to their Spanish heritage and the El Camino de Santiago – an 800-kilometre pilgrimage along the Spanish-French border. Tom (Sheen) is an American optometrist who discovers his son Daniel (Estevez) has been killed in the Pyrenees in a storm. He finds out Daniel perished on the first leg of the Camino and decides to complete the pilgrimage in Daniel’s honour. The Way is a love letter to the idyllic northern Spanish countryside and the people who open their homes to the pilgrims but pacing is pedestrian, just like the actors. FAMILY WATCH: Swearing, No Sex, No Violence.