You know how sometimes you can read a book, hear a song or see a movie and then can’t get it out of your brain for days? That’s what “The Way” is doing to me now. I got to see a sneak preview of the movie last night and now I can’t stop thinking about it. The movie, starring Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez (who also directed it), is powerful, to say the least. The main character goes overseas to collect his son’s body. Instead of returning to America, the father decides to make a pilgrimage that his son had originally started, but died during a storm that hit just one day into the journey. The father sets out on a path of discovery, not just about the region, but about himself. He crosses paths with others with their own quests and what they each discover is profound. Watching the movie, you feel as though you are on the journey with them. You’ll find yourself changed by the end. To say you’ll be inspired is an understatement.
If you’re like me, you’ll find yourself wanting to take a similar journey.
After our sneak preview, we were joined by Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez, who answered questions from the audience. The video below is of the theater—you can’t see the fellows on stage (it was dark and they asked us not to use flash photography), but you can hear Martin Sheen clearly as he talks about transcendence and our own pilgrimages, no matter where we choose to take them.
The powers-that-be in Hollywood have not given this movie a thumbs up. In fact, that’s why Sheen and Estevez were with us in the theater. They’re hoping we can create enough buzz about the movie to help get it opened in more theaters. It blows me away that two actors of this caliber have to resort to such lengths to get what I consider a high quality movie released. This is the kind of movie that will move you. Please help spread the word so that everyone everywhere can have the opportunity to see it, too.