I recently received a copy of the movie “The Way Home” from my friends at BookSneeze to review. I am so appreciative of the opportunity to review books and movies that it makes it tough when you have to write an unfavorable review. With all apologies to BookSneeze and the makers of the film, I didn’t really care for this movie. The story…yes. The movie….no.
The story is about a little 2-year old boy who wanders away from home while his parents are getting ready for a vacation. The marriage is strained due to the father’s focus on work. While his son goes missing, and the community starts to gets involved in helping to search over 32 acres, he comes face to face with the priorities in his life. While the story is actually true, and the characters relatable, the movie lacked several things. I believe the plot dragged, the actors showed inexperience, the transition from scene to scene was not smooth, and the scenes almost played on your emotions in the reality of a very stressful situation.
As far as the portrayal of Christians, it lacked authenticity. The characters claiming to be Christians were portrayed to be overly calm, with sing-songy voices, all situated in holy huddles, using strengths of their own to solve the problem at hand, and them celebrating in their own works. Disappointing, not true to life. All in all, I would give it 2 out of 5 stars.