The Way, Way Back

September 2, 2013 § 2 Comments

I barely heard about this before going in seeing it and thought it’s either gonna be an okay movie or went into the mediocre feel you seen in The Chumscrubber. Really, it’s either liking it or not liking it but after watching the movie, I just gonna flat-out and say this – this might honestly be the most unexpected movie I’ve seen in a long time.

The Chumscrubber

So the story revolves around Duncan (Liam James) who is gonna spent his summer vacation with his mother Pam (Toni Collette), her boyfriend Trent (Steve Carell) and Trent’s daughter Katy (Ava Deluca-Verley). And Duncan is not looking forward to it at all but when he arrives there, he met up with people who helped him building up to having not only the best summer vacation ever but the most memorable moments of his life from working with Owen (Sam Rockwell) who owned The Water Wizz while acting like a slacker to having a brief relationship with Susanna (Anna Sophia Robb).

Liam James

I’m glad to see this movie because I really love it. I can admit that I haven’t seen Jim Rash and Nat Faxon’s previous writing credit on The Descendants but after seeing this, I could check it now. Liam sold his performance that’s radically different from his role in 2012. Maya Rudolph, Allison Janney and the directors themselves also acted well. But given that I’m a fan of Sam Rockwell, he steals the show as always since he’s the best thing about the movie and I do wish he could take home a few awards for this.

Sam Rockwell

The only flaws in performances is Steve since despite me liking him, his role as Trent is unlikable. I can give it that he’s playing against type but him as a douchebag of a boyfriend and father figure is not good. I also say the same for Rob Corddry since while he has few comedic lines in this, he is also an barely noticeable character and did nothing much to the plot. It doesn’t help that his girlfriend is played by Amanda Peet who is known to be barely noticeable in nearly anything and to my surprise, she did at least something to the plot in this movie more than Rob. How does that even work?

Rob Corddry
Besides that, this movie is charming and worth checking out if you wanna see an coming-of-age story added with a bit of quirky humor, you won’t be disappointed.

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§ 2 Responses to The Way, Way Back

  • Stuart says:

    Very good stuff indeed. A group of us have taken to watching B movies on a Sunday night. I looked on line the other day to try and find some more. Was shocked to find 5 of the top ten B movies were films I genuinely love. How are Escape from New York and Warriors B Movies?
    All the best
    Stuart

    • francisdarko says:

      I guess Escape From New York is an b-movie due to it being one of Carpenter’s films and I read once that Assault On Precinct 13 are considered B-Movie as well plus he does make a bunch that have its style (just look at Dark Star which is a better example of B-Grade material).

      As for The Warriors, it’s been a while since I’ve seen it (and that’s only to the original cut, I haven’t seen ultimate director’s cut yet) but didn’t know it was B-Movie until now. My guess is that is mainly due to being released around the “golden age of exploitation” period of the 1970s which is a big time for B-Movies like Death Race 2000 and others.

      If not that, I don’t know but they’re good movies anyway no matter what grade it is. And the question is interesting to ask despite being commented on the movie that is not really B-Grade material to me. Glad you asked anyway so thanks. 🙂

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