Sunday, 27 October 2013

The Review - The Way Way Back

So about a month ago, Luke and I went to the cinema on our weekly date night and saw the movie called The Way Way Back. Despite the lame title, the movie was a pretty entertaining coming-of-age feel-good comedy flick. If you want a laugh with a touch of drama, it's definitely worth a look. The acting was really good, although I have to stay Sam Rockwell steals the show as the Water Wizz Park manager.

The title of the film refers to those 1970s cars that had a seat in the boot/trunk often facing the opposite direction. In other words, you're not in the back, you're on the way back. The story is about Duncan, a shy 14-year-old who goes on summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and her boyfriend's daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park. I know it doesn't sound like much, but I never found a slow moment and I like films that don't try to be bigger then they are.

Midly interesting fact #1: In an interview, writer/director Jim Rash said the script's main inspiration was the opening scene, inspired by a similar conversation he had with his own stepfather when he was 14. 

Midly interesting fact #2: In order to save money, the filmmakers decided not to get caravan trailers for the actors, and instead rented a house for the duration of filming (approx. 6 weeks) where the actors could go between takes. The house turned into a popular hangout spot for the cast and crew, and they would often go to the house even during weekends or days off. 

Caitlyn:   I need you to reorder more mats.
Owen:   Did it.
Caitlyn:   Finish the work schedule for next week.
Owen:   Did it.
Caitlyn:   So you know I’m going to check all that stuff right?
Owen:   Oh well in that case I didn’t do any of that.

As always, the trailer is below.

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