I am staggered at how many people have done, are doing, or will do the Camino because of the movie, The Way.
From a craft perspective, it's not a great film.
From a box office perspective, it was a complete flop. It's opening weekend in the US was $110,000. That's embarrassing.
It's total world wide box office to date is $4.4m. That's a dud. That kind of box office ends careers.
Yet it's Rotten Tomatoes score – an industry guide now to how a film is received by critics and audiences – is spectacular.
82% of critics liked it, and 83% of audiences liked it.
Those kind of numbers save careers. And interestingly, the critics and audience numbers are almost identical. That's rare.
But culturally, the film has had a huge impact.
I cannot count how many people I've spoken to who have told me that they decided to walk the Camino after seeing that film. And not only Americans – but people from all over the world.
Cinema can have a powerfully beneficial impact on society, as this film has had, and continues to have.
But I'm curious to hear from you guys – what was it about The Way, after seeing it, that made you want to walk the Camino?