London’s review published on Letterboxd:
The Way Back is so god damn generic. It had compenents that were well executed: some good performances, a couple good moments in the score, and a few decent shots. The problem is that the rest of the film feels so by the numbers that it is so difficult to even look past the blandness and enjoy parts of the film.
Ben Affleck definitely gives it his all, and there are many scenes in which he nails his portrayal of the character. However, this isn't too say his performance is perfect. There is an in between period in which the character isn't drinking but isn't necessarily a sober person yet, and in those few scenes it feels as if he has no idea what he is doing. This may be an acting issue or a directing issue, but it was really noticeable for me.
I'm also not a huge fan of the structure of the third act and how it melds with the end of the second act. I understand what the purpose is, and I at least appreciate the attempt to escape the monotony that most sports dramas fall into, but it just doesn't work very well at all in my opinion.
I'm going to be completely honest here. Adam Sandler would have been a better choice for the main character. There, I said it.