posted on Feb, 26 2012 @ 02:52 PM
‘The Way’ was fantastic movie depicted magnificent northern Spanish scenery beginning in the Pyrenees and ending along the Atlantic coast of the
Iberian Peninsula. A man, carrying the ashes of his deceased son, striving onward along a long road to complete the walk begun by his son, meets three
fellow travellers. The first, a fat Dutchman named Joost who is walking to lose weight so that his wife will find him attractive again, a woman,
Sarah, walking the Camino de Santiago with the promise of abandoning her addiction to cigarettes after completion, and Jack, an Irish author on the
path to clear writers block.
All, with different backgrounds, theological beliefs, and reasons for walking, form a loose group so as to not be alone. Throughout the film one can
witness the majesty of Spanish mountains, vineyards, and semi-arid lands, dotted with small towns and towering cathedrals. Many times the actors were
welcomed into homes along the way by the warm embrace of natives who have long comforted the lonely travelers with good meals, entertainment, and warm
hearts. Even the attempt at displaying the goodness of Gypsy after a young Gypsy boy steals the Thomas Avery’s bag with his son’s ashes.
It was because of this theft that Thomas was informed of the awe inspiring coast, slightly further than their destination; Cathedral of Santiago de
Compostela in Galicia. When Thomas asks the others if they would care to join him the extra distance, they decline. Shortly after this point we are
taken to the Cathedral where Joost explains that it is customary to greet the statue of Saint James on your knees. Jack however earlier stated he will
never enter a Church, yet do so here.
Inside they stand, filled with the eternal spirit as the Priests perform a ceremony including incense within a large thurible, swaying back and forth.
Thomas sees his son among those pushing the thurible and one can sense he feels comforted. After exiting the Cathedral they, without even directly
saying it, all agree to continue with Thomas to the coast. Upon arrival you witness the coast’s grandeur, standing at the edge of the Atlantic. He
takes the bag of ashes and scatters it among the rocks where ‘The Way’ ends.
My opinion of the film is extraordinarily positive. It gripped me with an unexplainable sensation of awe and inspiration. I sat silent much of the
film, contemplating the scenery, customs, conversations, and rituals being performed. The story is evokes powerful emotions. For me, ‘The Way’
earns 10 out of 10 without any questions. Everyone should watch this film.