Welcome to “It Came from the Bargain Bin.” This week’s selection is a father and son collaboration of sorts. We are all aware of the fact that there are and have been a number of father and son film celebrities but how many of these families of film have actually starred in the same picture together? For the sake of brevity we will just barely scratch the surface of father/son movie duos by only naming the more well-known collaborations. Let’s start with a comedy that had its share of laugh out loud moments, Zoolander, starring Ben and Jerry Stiller. Ben Stiller plays shallow, and not so bright, super model Derek Zoolander and his old man Jerry stars in this satire of the fashion industry as Zoolander’s agent Maury Ballstein. The second father/son film is definitely not a comedy but a dramatic true story about a salesman whose life is falling apart around him forcing him to live on the streets with his son. A touching film that pulls at your heartstrings, The Pursuit of Happyness, starring Will and Jaden Smith is definitely worth your time. Last but not least, well maybe it is the least, let’s go with the father/son /grandson combo of Kirk, Michael, and Cameron Douglas that helped bring the film It Runs in the Family to life. I have never seen It Runs in the Family and from what I have read about this film, I don’t think that I’ll be viewing it any time soon. So there you have three father and son films and there are others of course. Feel free to name some father/son films that you can come up with good or bad. On to this week’s family collaboration starring father and son Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez………………
Director: Emilio Estevez
Written By: Emilio Estevez (screenplay) Jack Hitt (book)
Stars: Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, and Deborah Kara Unger
Reviewed by: Joe Sikes
Tom (Martin Sheen) is a Opthamologist and a father who just does not understand his son, Daniel (Emilio Estevez) who has left home to hike “The Way of Saint James” or “El Camino de Santiago” in France/Spain. After receiving news of Daniel’s death while hiking the Pyrenees in a storm, Tom embarks on a pilgrimage to finish what his son, tragically, could not. Along the way Tom meets individuals that challenge and enlighten him in ways that he could have never foreseen while living in his bubble of work and golf. While stopping at different points along the trail of religious and self enlightenment to spread the ashes of his deceased son, Tom begins to realize that, like his son said to him before his passing, there is a difference between “the life we live and the life we choose.”
I really enjoyed The Way and I will probably watch it again in the near future. It was refreshing to watch a movie that, though the subject of religion was definitely present, I did not feel like I was being forced fed a set of beliefs. The Way did not strike me as preachy but there is definitely a message that is delivered without smashing you over the head with it. Martin Sheen is, once again great, as a tragedy stricken man who is learning to live again and at times struggles with the different challenges of the pilgrimage he has embarked upon. As writer, director, and son, Daniel, Emilio Estevez proves that he is to be taken very seriously in whatever cinematic endeavor he takes on. Definitely check out The Way. I give The Way 2 and ½ guys. See you next week.