DVD Review: The Way Way Back
I’ll be dammed if I don’t seem to love Sam Rockwell in every film I see him in, and The Way Way Back is no exception. It’s also a film that I didn’t really want to see, until I watched a trailer and saw Mr Rockwell. As a coming of age story, it’s fairly average, with a high portion of predictability. Steve Carell plays the bad guy Trent, which is kinda weird at first, but he kinda nails the role, with Toni Collette playing the mother, Pam, who is just trying to hold a new relationship together at the expense of her son, Duncan (Liam James), through whose eyes we see the film.
The beginning of the film is just nauseating, but as soon as the next door neighbour’s daughter pops up, things start to click and the films starts looking up. Things really kick into gear however when Duncan starts exploring the neighbourhood on bicycle and discovers the local water park, Water Wizz and accidentally meets the owner, Owen (Sam Rockwell). An instant appreciation begins a slow forming friendship that sees Ducan working at the park, and finding out who he really is.
It’s an enjoyable if somewhat meaningless journey, that is high on comedy and sugary sweet in it’s story. A nice feel good film for a summer evening on the couch.
Rating: M Drug references and sexual references.