Brenda's Review of The Way Way Back
The Way Way Back(2013)
A charming and delightful coming-of-age tale. This film tracks a teenage boy named Duncan's journey towards openness and self-discovery, thanks to one fun filled summer at a water park. Liam James' performance of Duncan is wonderful, as his depiction of a teen in transition from child to adult--with his insecurities and shyness--was so realistic, that it took me back to when I felt the same way in high school. The script was filled with hilarity and delight, but with the right amount of drama. Allison Janney's comedic presence is scene-stealing, too. The final scene of the film was extremely effective and touching. My only complaint is that I wish it had been a bit longer: I was having too much fun going way back.