Benbrook Library / Musings

Book-to-Movie: Off the Road & The Way

Off the Road                      the-way-movie

This week, we have a guest post from Laurel H., a library patron and BARC participant. In order to fulfill the requirements of the “Be a Film Critic” BARC task, Laurel has written her thoughts on the film “The Way”  and the book that inspired it, Off the Road by Jack Hitt. I’d like to give a big, giant “thank you!” to Laurel for contributing content. Here is her submission:

The Way is a compelling story of a man, played by Martin Sheen, who travels to Spain to collect the body of his son who died on the first day of his journey on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Characters give much interesting history, both political and religious, in natural ways without being overwhelming. The man attempts to complete the journey his son began. On the path he learns much about sharing with others and facing his personal grief. The scenery is beautiful and the photography of the cathedrals is respectful and inspiring. Santiago is Saint James. Compostela means diploma for those who complete the journey. This is a movie that is restrained, informative, entertaining, and simply too good to end so soon.

Emilio Estevez freely admits in the credits that he uses selected stories from Jack Hitt’s book, some word for word. The most amusing twist is the character Estevez creates based upon the author:  Jack Hitt becomes Jack from Ireland, a writer who does not know when to quit talking. This caricature is all to clear to those who read the original book that includes a total of four versions of the story of Charlemagne. Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez portray a father and his son. Steen is an executive producer under his real name of Ramon Gerard Estevez.

-Laurel H.

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