So here is a sweet youthful boy, who had all the chances to evolve as a normal person, healthy both in mental and social way. But the regrettable thing is that he failed to find anyone to support him and his strange preferences. So there was no one there for a quite long time, and the boy had to deal with his difficulties with the perception of reality on his own. We all know such a boy: awkward, pitiful and unhappy. There is nobody there to believe in young Duncan, and over time, Duncan himself ceases to believe in himself. Duncan’s mother declines her duties as a mother and as a human being and is now dedicating time to the new boyfriend of hers. Duncan never had any friends to care about him, so now he founds himself to be desperately alone and useless. Mother’s contemptible lover, trying to mind his own business, takes the whole family on a vacation over summer, to visit his beach house. This is where everything changes.
Do you remember such heart-warming stories as Juno and Little Miss Sunshine? So here they are back again to restore our faith in humanity one more time, with such a story a young Duncan. This summer comes yet another one life-affirming, gentle, a little clumsy, but nevertheless charming comedy Way Way Back. It might seem that nothing could be said more about the beauty of the human soul in the guise of an extremely awkward shell and the importance of genuine values than it already has been said, but there are many possible points of view. This time, the point of view belongs to a socially-awkward teenager boy (Liam James), who is constantly bullied by his mom’s douche boyfriend (Steve Carell) and has no basics of social knowledge whatsoever.
It would seem that The Way Way Back is another passing summer comedy that will flash on the screen, with no intention whatsoever to leave a trace in the minds and the hearts of people. But such stories of rebirth, even in such a short time and under such comical circumstances, always touch to depth of soul. It is unlikely that a summer at an Aqua park and several new acquaintances can abruptly change human’s life. However, this is precisely what happens in the The Way Way Back. And it is portrayed so natural and beautiful, that not to believe it is simply impossible. Awkward loser Duncan finds himself a true spiritual mentor (Sam Rockwell), who explains to him how important is to keep faith in yourself and how unimportant is the opinions of others. Over time, Duncan becomes stronger and stronger, so he finds a lovely girl who, of course, is at first confused, but then falls for changing Duncan more and more. Throughout the movie, we trace the emergence of Duncan as a man and as a person. All this comes easily, effortlessly , in the relaxed atmosphere of a summer frivolity. It takes only one dig deeper, and immediately comes the realization that The Way Way Back is not just a mindless comedy, aimed at the budget fees. It is a gentle, witty and very visual guide on how to become a real man, how to be strong and stand behind your words. How to resist the bullies and fools, how to forgive, how to love. Pure love on the screens since the 28th of August.