The movie takes audiences on a beautiful two week trek in Portugal that is full of life lessons and a lot of fun
There are few movies that all men can relate to coming out these days. Many of them are targeted at particular age groups or different types of men. But there are some movies that are truly thought provoking and will make you think of the hard things. Well Life in a Walk is one of these rare gems. It is a very well made documentary and a movie men need to see.
Yogi Roth was once a hard working man who loved the job he did. He had the opportunity to travel a lot but this meant he didn’t get to see or talk to either of his parents much. He was always doing something that took up much of his time, but when he found out his dad got prostate cancer his life was put on hold. It was natural for him to have some emotions over this, especially because there was so much he didn’t know about his dad and he knew time could be running out to get these answers. Yogi is deathly afraid of saying the words “I wish I’d spent more time with my dad”. So one day he calls up his dad Will and invites him to join him on an amazing adventure.
The film follows this father and son as they trek along the Camino De Santiago which is a famous pilgrimage through Portugal and Spain. Along the way Yogi gets to talk with his dad, learn from him and find out some amazing things about the life of his hero. It is going to be a long journey and there is not guarantee they will finish it. But with a single step it begins and they both cannot wait to see where it takes them. How will this journey change the relationship between Yogi and his dad? What lessons does Will still need to teach his son? And how will it change both of their lives once it is over?
This movie is very touching. It may seem like a simple documentary but the realness of the message is what makes it a must see. Yogi is a man that so many other men in the world should be able to relate to. In this day and age we get so busy with everything we are doing just to get by or make an impact that it is easy to forget those who taught us so much when we were young and may have played a huge part in making us the people we are today. I loved watching this journey the filmmaker takes viewers on. It was never slow or came off as boring and there are some truly powerful scenes that will pull on your heart strings hard. The locale is astounding and really is one of the things that makes this a well written film.
This documentary gets 9/10. There is almost nothing bad this writer can say about this movie. My only regret was that in the last twenty minutes the journey gets sped up which sort of bummed me out. There was so much that went on with the interactions of these walkers and the places they visited that I wanted to see more of it. I understand why they may have done this but a part of me wished they hadn’t. If they could have found a way to show some more heartfelt moments or even a bit of drama the movie would have easily gotten a perfect score. Now this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t see this movie, you absolutely must. It is a very good movie that will not only make you think but you may find yourself learning a few good lessons that will hopefully pour into your own life.
If you want to see a really touching documentary this is the movie to pick. If you find yourself relating to Yogi at all you need to watch this movie. With so much of the same movies coming out all the time this is a welcome change of pace. It is the perfect film to sit down and watch with your son or father, trust me you both will learn a ton from it.
Life in a Walk is coming via Theatrical On Demand Fall 2015. If you want to learn more about it check out www.lifeinawalk.com
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