The Way Back

The Way Back ★★½

Check out The Way Back on Episode #1 of the We Watched This Movie Podcast 🎙

“You’re nervous. I get it. The truth is, they’re more talented than you. Probably got a better coach. But I promise you, they are not a better team. Because they haven’t been through what we’ve been through. They don’t know adversity. They don’t know what it’s like to get knocked down and have to get back up again. They don’t know what it is to fight.“ 🏀 

Ben Affleck brings his A-game and a 6-pack of emotional baggage to the court for this powerhouse performance, but sadly he’s deserving of a stronger film. This very familiar redemption story is far from new ground for director Gavin O’Connor, however sticking to genre formula is where the movie truly shines. Exploring themes of fatherhood and self-acceptance in touching sequences with the high school students, Ben’s surrounded by a solid and serviceable lesser-known cast, yet much of the team’s good work is undone by ill-advised plot developments, momentum-halting scenes and a flat, sour ending that leaves audiences wanting more to cheer for.

5/10 shower beers.

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