Wednesday, May 17, 2023
- also known as a hypostle hall (ie a thick pillared room whose roof rests directly on the pillars, typically stone)
“The Way” is the title of a 2010 movie that has now been re-released into theaters. We saw it last night. It was written, produced, and directed by Emilio Estevez, and it stars his father, Martin Sheen. (I always forget why he’s Estevez and his dad is Sheen. Wikipedia says Martin Sheen’s real name is Ramon Estevez – ah ha!)
It’s a great movie and I’m still trying to figure out why. But before I get into that let me mention that in the re-release they have some intro stuff that explains “The Way,” and afterwards there is a discussion between Estevez, Rick Steves (the travel guy), and Sheen. This was very helpful because they talked about the meaning of the movie and the metaphors and symbolism of it and life. Something I really appreciate because I’m so bad at those kind of things. I took a two semester course on Dante’s Inferno got all the character IDs correct, the grader even commented, and had no idea on the essay questions. (One time in a group therapy discussion someone told their dream. Everyone said, “Wow” as in so obvious. Me? I’m like, “What?”) So, I appreciate someone explaining in very plain terms what it all means. (Thanks Mr. Natural)
Part of that discussion talks about the benefits of travel as a way to educate yourself and to expand your understanding of the world.
The movie is a father son redemption tale. It’s a father’s coming of age tale. I know, that doesn’t make sense but I don’t know how else to say it.
The Way is a pilgrimage walk across Northern Spain, known as Camino de Santiago. It terminates at the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela de Galicia in northern Spain where the remains of St James are said to be.
It’s a story of redemption and of finding oneself.
I’ll say no more. I hope you get to see it in the theater.