Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Way

Let Jesus Lead the Way
By: Daniela Delvescovo

Movie Review of
The Way
Director: Emilio Estevez
Cast: Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Yorick van Wageningen

"You don't choose a life Dad. You live one."

The Camino de Santiago is a legendary pilgrimage route that has been around for over a thousand years; The Way follows four unlikely companions who take this journey. 

Let me begin by saying this movie was very refreshing as opposed to the films I have seen in theaters lately. It has a quiet wonder to it that makes it especially moving, giving it a touch of awe that is matched by few films today. I recommend this film for adults and teens alike because it sends a message that is relatable to all of us as human begins. The only thing I would caution parents about is a string of drug use tied into the film, making it a little inappropriate for younger viewers.

Tom (played by Martin Sheen) is a rich ophthalmologist, whose son Daniel (played by Emilio Estevez) has quit graduate school because he believed he had a greater calling to travel the world. The movie opens with Tom learning that his son has died in France during his journey on the Camino de Santiago. 

Tom makes his way to France to collect Daniel's remains and return home, but he then reconsiders after learning more about Daniel's journey and the Camino. He discovers how much the journey meant to Daniel, and takes it for him, scattering his ashes along the way. 

This film really is magical, and part of its magic is the diverse range of versatility it possesses. It does not matter what your religious denomination is, or if you even have one at all. This is because we, like the characters in this film, have at one point in time been in search of something.

Life's not about the destination, it's about the journey: I think the reason why this phrase is used so often is because there is an undeniable truth to it. The events on "the journey" are what make us who we are. 

Who do we let lead us on this journey though? When I started working at Good News Ministries, one of the first things I learned was Director Terry Modica's motto: "Jesus leads, Grace provides". I mention it now because it is so true, though sometimes our journeys seem dark and uncertain, if we keep our minds on our Father and trust in Him, He can get us through anything. 

Sometimes we can find it hard to put the entirety of our faith and trust in God because the devil plants seeds of anxiety and temptation into our minds. For example, this morning I was ready to come to work and write this review, and the key to my car would not go into the ignition. It was easy for me to react by panicking instead of looking to God for help or having faith in Him to fix the problem. 

I tried everything I could, but the key would still not go in. I was at my wit's end, but then I caught sight of the cross hanging from my rear-view mirror. "Please God," I prayed. "Let my car start". Then, after wiggling the wheel one last time, the key turned and my car started. 

God had a plan for me today, and it was to come into work and write this review. Even though the devil tried to interfere with my journey, all I had to do was look to Him, and He provided. 

"If, then, you are looking for the way by which you should go,
 take Christ, because He Himself is the way."
~ St. Thomas Aquinas

Yes, the devil does exist. He tries to rip us from God's grasp and off God's planned path for us every chance he gets. If we resist these temptations though, and let Jesus lead, God's grace will provide and show us the way. 

To grab your own copy of this amazing film go to or Ignatius Press.

Questions for youth groups, families, and other small group discussions 
(please feel free to post comments below):
  1. Have you ever traveled the Camino de Santiago or considered traveling it? Why or why not? 
  2. Why do you think the Camino de Santiago is such a popular pilgrimage?
  3. Has the devil ever caused you to stray from God's path for you? Explain.


Anonymous said...

Another good review and a very good movie, I rented it from local movie rental store. for me it is easier to rent and return than go to the theather.

dara west said...

This is on NetFlix. Watched it last night, amazing movie.

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