Monday, 27 December 2010

[418] The Way Back (2010) Review

Here we go, my final film review of the year.

It's a 2 star one, sadly - part of the run that had me questioning my sanity back in November. Thankfully, the other day I caught Easy A at the Prince Charles, and you know what? It was rather good! Phew. And there's still a handful of days left, so I might catch something even better before the year's out. Here's to some brilliant movies in 2011.

Award-winning Australian filmmaker - and multiple Oscar nominee - Peter Weir should need no introduction, but he’s made a good go of avoiding the limelight, despite an impressive career. His prolific run of thrillers and dramas in the 1980s and 1990s gave the world the likes of Witness, Green Card and Dead Poet’s Society, but he’s become quite selective in the last 17 years, only releasing two films between the 1993 Jeff Bridges vehicle, Fearless, and his latest film, The Way Back.

Those two flicks, by the way, were The Truman Show and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, a pair that displayed the man’s diverse talents, and his wide appeal, not to mention his knack of drawing superb performances out of his leading men. As a follow-up, The Way Back has a lot to prove, and despite ticking many stylistic boxes - being a period-set exploration of the human condition on an epic scale - it isn’t quite the masterpiece you’d hope for from a seasoned cinematic veteran.

Read the full review here.

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