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A phenomenal directional debut from the Oscar winning writers of The Descendants,
This review is from: The Way, Way Back [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
The Oscar train has started its engine, and it already has some impressive fuel. The Way Way Back contains some of the best acting and one of the best; if not the best screenplays I have seen all year. The Way Way Back is a masterpiece in every way.
Despite the fact that I just said that the screenplay is possibly the best I have seen this year so far, the story is very basic. A shy teenage called Duncan has gone on holiday with his mum played by Toni Collette, her new boyfriend called Trent, who is played by Steve Carell, and also his daughter. They go to Trent's summer house up in New England where Duncan doesn't fit in so gets a job at the local water park run by a sarcastic 30 something man-child Owen played by Sam Rockwell, who gives quite possibly the performance of his career (then again, that's the case for many of the actors). Duncan then strikes up a friendship with Owen as well as his next door neighbours, a dipsomaniac played by Allison Janney, daughter played by AnnaSophia Robb. And from then on in the film plays out in an incredibly realistic manner and is possibly the most realistic film I have ever seen which is accompanied by a hilarious script.
The relationships, if you can even call them that, are portrayed in a very realistic way as they don't escalate extremely quickly like they do in most films. The relationship between Duncan and Susanne (Robb) as until more or less the end of the film their relationship is entirely friendship and they only share one short kiss together and the relationship between Owen and one of his co-workers played by Maya Rudolph is equally realistic as you can see it develop throughout the film and all that Owen ever does is kiss her on the cheek or the forehead. I know I've said it before, but I'll say it again, it's the realism of these relationships that make them work.
The Way Way Back is one of the best and most surprising films I have seen all year. Impeccably acted, wonderfully scripted, amazing characters and one of the best if not the best feel good films I have ever seen. If I had to sum up The Way Way Back in one word, I would say ,essential.