Ben Affleck Plays A Sad Drunk In The Trailer For His Next Movie “The Way Back”

November 14, 2019 / Posted by:

Looks like Ben Affleck is trying to spin his struggle with sobriety into Oscar gold with his upcoming movie called The Way Back. It seems creepily weird for Ben to be grappling with this type of material considering how recently his sobriety was last challenged. In TWB, Ben’s a grizzled drunk with a tragic past like Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born, but in this case the movie’s called A Star Is Boring and there are no girls allowed. Well, one girl’s allowed but she’s just there to make him feel guilty. I wonder if Jennifer Garner was considered for the thankless role of Photographic Reminder Of What I Have Lost, played in this movie by Janina Gavankar.

According to IndieWire:

“The Way Back” stars Affleck as Jack Cunningham, a former high school basketball phenom who earned a full university scholarship but then shockingly walked away from the game, forfeiting his future. Jack then faces an unspeakable loss and spirals into alcohol addiction that costs him his marriage and a family.

Warner Bros.’ official synopsis for “The Way Back” continues: “When Jack is asked to coach the basketball team at his alma mater, which has fallen far since his glory days, he reluctantly accepts, surprising no one more than himself. As the boys start to come together as a team and win, Jack may have finally found a reason to confront the demons that have derailed him. But will it be enough to fill the void, heal the deep wounds of his past, and set him on the road to redemption?”

Here’s the trailer.

This looks like a bland, kale and cheese forward smoothie that was the result of putting every sad drunk movie, inspirational underdog sports movie, and teacher/coach who is ultimately saved by the very same underprivileged kids they were meant to save movie, into a blender and pressing frappé. Slap on a moody dirge-like soundtrack and you’re sitting at the Golden Globes sipping on seltzer and getting roasted by Ricky Gervais. And I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy. Ben deserves better.


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