Every now and again a movie comes along and grabs you, one such movie is The Way Way Back, a film I saw some months ago but was protected by an embargo so please forgive the late review. Sadly with reviewing films you do have that scenario, a film comes out and you forget about it come the release date, despite the fact I so desperately wanted to post this review back in June.
Duncan (Liam James) is having one of those summers; his mother Pam (Toni Collette) has recently started seeing Trent (Steve Carell), and the relationship between him and Trent is simply not working. Trent is unpleasant, thoughtless and most importantly disrespectful. A retreat to the coast, to a small seaside resort allows Duncan to carve his own way for once, to find out truly who he is, to become accepted, but with Trent put a stop to that.
The Way Way Back is a really charming movie, it has a real 80’s feel about it, unlike a lot of similar comedies this is all about the family, and it focuses on people at the lower edge of the wage spectrum doing normal things with their every day lives, getting by, like 80% of the population. As a result the majority audience will really relate to this tale from a number of varied aspects.
Sam Rockwell is undoubtedly what makes the movie playing against past roles, being a truly loveable character who somehow makes a connection with Duncan, when Duncan stays paying visits to the water park that Owen (Rockwell) manages.
All of the performances here are strong, a great set of performers playing real three-dimensional characters, all of whom by the end of the movie you really feel you know, whether they are good or bad.
Of all the things I can say about this movie, the biggest compliment I could possibly give it is that you really do not want the film to end. From the moment it starts, to the moment it ends its an absolute delight.
The Way Way Back is in UK cinemas now.