Film Preview: The Way Back (2020)

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(November 24, 2019) Original
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(March 1, 2020) New Poster (#2)

Release Date:

March 6, 2020


From IMDb: “A former HS basketball phenom, struggling with alcoholism, is offered a coaching job at his alma mater. As the team starts to win, he may have a reason to confront his old demons. But will it be enough to set him on the road to redemption?”

Poster Rating: C / C

Review: (#1) It’s a bit distracting to have the scoreboard in the background briefly superimpose itself on Ben Affleck’s head, but overall, it doesn’t subtly tell the audience what the film is about.

(#2) Place and setting information doesn’t makeup for uninteresting visual design.

Trailer Rating: B-

Review: Your prototypical alcoholic redemption story featuring a white coach and a predominantly black basketball team. There are some winning moments here, but part of it does seem a bit white savior-ish and that’s problematic.

Oscar Prospects:

Ben Affleck is sure to be in the Oscar conversation with this performance, though the March release won’t keep him in voters’ minds very long.

Trailer #1


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