The Way Back

The Way Back ★★★½

Remember when small character-driven dramas like this were a dime a dozen back in the 1990s? The Way Back hearkens back to those times with its intimate style. It also avoids the typical storytelling techniques of the dime a dozen sports movies by never, ever forgetting that it is first and foremost about addiction and recovery. Ben Affleck honestly gives what might be his best performance as a sad, broken man driven by drinks and regrets. It’s almost painful to watch him lash out and act foolishly while he tries to bring this basketball team to glory. The Way Back is a highly emotional drama that delivers on its promises, but also twists just enough of them to surprise you.

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