The Way Back

A short movie review for people with short attention spans!
Spoilers Possible!!

Gavin O’Conner directed this movie as well as The Accountant, Warrior, Pride and Glory and Miracle.

Ben Affleck (Justice League), Al Madrigal (Night School), Janina Gavankar (Blindspotting), Michaela Watkins (Brittany Runs a Marathon), Brandon Wilson (Beyond the Lights), Jeremy Radin (Funeral Day), Matthew Glave (First Man), and John Aylward (A Million Ways to Die in the West)

Jack Cunningham was an HS basketball phenom who walked away from the game, forfeiting his future. Years later, when he reluctantly accepts a coaching job at his alma mater, he may get one last shot at redemption.

What I Think
Ben Affleck’s character, Jack Cunningham, is a construction worker with a drinking problem working long hours during the day in an attempt to distract from everyday life. It looks like life has  handed him the short end of the stick until he is given another chance, receiving a call that would bring him back from the brink of self destruction.

The opportunity to become a high school basketball coach at the school that he had once attended is on the table. He gets to take over the team after the regular head coach has a heart attack and is unable to continue for the rest of the season. This movie has several stories within it, the main story has more to do with Jack’s personal life and how he deals with it.

The second story has to do with his job as a coach for the kids of his old high school and what he must do to form them into a winning well oiled machine. He must also overcome his demons to take control of the team and figure out how best to become a leader who inspires while at the same time pushing them to become responsible adults.

The third story I’m going to leave as a surprise because this little detail threw me off while I was watching the film. There are many obstacles in the way, that Jack put there himself, throughout the whole movie.

What I like about this movie is the fact that it shows an extreme amount of emotion from extreme highs to extreme lows. With as heavy as the drama is there are some moments of levity but there are also moments of absolute despair. With everything that goes on in this movie it is hard to believe that someone can go through that amount of trauma and depression without killing themselves. Ben Affleck did a great job of conveying this story. Al Madrigal, who is more known for his comedy, delivered a very dramatic performance while also providing the needed laugh or two.

Through the heartbreak, triumph, losses and gains this movie pushes us through the thickness of addiction, love, hate, and death while at the same time guiding us down the path to a safe place that gives us time to catch our breath and for that I thank them. With enough heart you can pull yourself out of your head and straighten yourself out just long enough to make someone proud but on the polar opposite you can try just hard enough to push everyone away. Don’t do that.

With all the highs and lows throughout this film if it’s drama you are looking for then you found it.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I’m going to give it 4 of 5 stars. 
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