Film Review: ‘The Way Back’: Ben Affleck’s Art Imitates Life
Ben Affleck stars in a movie about a man with a drinking problem, who’s lost the love of his life as well as their only child. It’s well-played because it’s been lived, and is a fine example of those we go spend money on in movie theaters courageously putting their hard-earned, art-imitates-life life lessons onscreen for us to learn from.
I remember reading an article where Ben Affleck said of his then-fiancée that she was incredibly sweet and would have been thrilled, regardless, had he bought her a toy engagement ring from a dime store. It stuck in my mind. I thought, “I want one of those sweet ones too.” Affleck’s also recently said that the worst thing in his life to date and the source of his need for alcoholism recovery was his divorce from the said dime-store-ring-contented ex-wife. I thought, “I might, myself, also turn to drink in such a situation.”