Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Win A Free DVD of "The Way" by Emilio Estevez + A Review

UPDATE - The winners of the drawing for the free DVDs are:
  • Corey Dossey
  • Mary Jo Schuette
  • Ryan Moore


As many regular readers know, I am very critical of feelgood Christian movies that have little artistic merit (bad acting, writing, etc) and are overly pious in how they present faith. I feel Christians settle too often for a lower form of cinematic art. While many of the movies that are made by Christians for Christians are done on small budgets, that still doesn't mean you have to settle for poor acting, poor directing, poor production value, etc. You can make a good art with a small budget. Also, for it to be truly artistic it ought to speak to the common man, not just the church-going Christian who is going to see it just for the "message".

"The Way", a movie by Emilio Estevez, achieves the goal of making a good movie, with a good message, that will appeal to a broad audience, all surrounded by a Christian worldview.

Martin Sheen stars as Tom, a widowed dentist who is very comfortable in his country club lifestyle. He learns that his son (played by Estevez) has died in France just as he began a pilgrimage on the historical Camino de Compostela - The Way of St. James - a long trek over the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, the burial place of the Apostle - St. James. Once in France Tom decides to finish the pilgrimage for his son while carrying his son's ashes with him.

Tom soon learns he is not alone in his journey and is accompanied by a rag-tag group of pilgrims who join him in his adventure. He also discovers that the time outside of his comfort zone is a time of change for himself and not just about finishing the journey for his son.

Without giving away too much, there is a subtle transformation in each pilgrim's life. But, unlike most modern "christian" movies, conversion isn't full or immediate. When most people have a conversion, it doesn't necessarily make great movie endings and this is where "The Way" shines. It gives a great message without preaching to the audience. The tagline for the movie is perfect - "You don't choose a life, you live one."

Still, the movie isn't perfect. It is slow in parts and several scenes seem to have been a bit underdeveloped. But, aside from these faults, the movie achieves it's purpose - to show that a messy life can still be transformed by the power of God in unexpected circumstances and even pain and suffering.

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Along with this review, I am giving away 3 copies of the DVD of "The Way", (officially released today) which were made available to me. To be eligible to win a DVD, please put your real name in the comments below. On Friday, 2/24/12, (at 12 Noon) I will draw 3 random winners (using a random number generator) and post the winners names. Once I get addresses for the winners I will send each person one of the DVDs free of charge.


43 comments:

Sister Lynn said...

Sister Lynn D'Souza

Would love to have a copy of this!

aggiecatholic said...

Tanya Macias

Randallw18 said...

Randall Wilson, c/o 2007!!

Jeff said...

Jeff Householder '03

bullschuck said...

Don "Bull" Schuck,
Although the "Bull" isn't my official name, it is a real one.

CDB said...

Carol Binzer

Leah said...

Leah Libresco

Jacob Neeson said...

Jacob Neeson

Chris said...

Christopher Robert Peter Nugent (threw in my confirmation name just to be safe:^)

jhstraub said...

Justin Straub

Restless Pilgrim said...

David Bates

Oh, and here's my write-up of the movie :-)

http://restlesspilgrim.net/blog/2011/10/18/the-way/

Patrick said...

Patrick Hoelscher

david said...

David DiCarlo

Gretchen said...

Gretchen Peters

Paul Caldwell said...

Paul A. Caldwell

Chris (a.k.a. "Fernando") said...

Chris "Fernando" Quilpa

Ben said...

Ben Garza

Bonnie said...

Bonnie Engstrom

The Frat Pack + Me said...

Suzette Mahoney

Mary Jo said...

Mary Jo Schuette

Barney said...

Barney Lejeune

William said...

William Huys

Jordan said...

Jordan Robertson

Joseph Ryan said...

Ryan Moore

Farrar said...

Farrar Stewart

Ann-Marie Ulczynski said...

I have heard it is great. Ann-Marie Ulczynski

Margaret Mary said...

Sue Klejeski

Katy said...

Katy Kaminski

Chris Duffel said...

Chris Duffel

Carolyn said...

Carolyn Averill

I *still* haven't been able to see this but know that I'll be a fan from everything friends have said about it!

Carson said...

Carson Brownlee

Thomas said...

Thomas O'Neil

mfmarcon said...

Mathew Marcon

Jamie said...

Jamie Shover

Girl Wonder said...

Andrellita Chavez

Barbara said...

Barbara Leonard

Justin Michael Schwartzbeck said...

Justin Michael Schwartzbeck

Corey Dossey said...

Corey Dossey

jerm4papa said...

John melone

Marin said...

Marin Moozhayil

Aida said...

Aida Molina

Teresa said...

Teresa Whipple

Oscar said...

Oscar Acevedo