As Ben Affleck gets older, he is becoming a better actor and this movie shows him in probably his best performance since Argo. The Way Back stars Affleck as Jack Cunningham, a former high school hoops star who once passed on a free ride at the University of Kansas. As a soon to be divorced man in a dead-end construction job with a drinking problem, out of the blue, Jack gets a call from Bishop Hayes High, who is working at Cunningham’s alma mater to be the head coach of their basketball team. This begins him on his journey to not only overcome the past and the demons inside him but to help these young boys work together as a team.
I have enjoyed director Galvin O’Connor’s films (The Accountant, Warrior, and Miracle)in the past because, in my opinion, he knows how to make a feel-good, sports movie. He has this niche on sports movies and this is another one on his resume that he nails. To me, this one seems to be more personal with Ben since he has struggled in the past with alcohol and then leading to his divorce. The supporting cast does their job and makes you feel that Jack has been struggling to overcome his past.
The Way Back takes you on Jack’s redemption story and you will cheer for him on this road to redemption. The Way Back bounces into theaters on March 6th.