“Joe Bell,” a new drama based on the actual tale of a dad who, motivated by his homosexual teenage son’s awful treatment, chose to walk across the nation to raise awareness about the perils of bullying, looks to be as well-intentioned as movies go. It appears that the film is primarily focused with paying tribute to the actual Joe and Jadin Bell. That is completely admirable. On Oct. 9, 2013, the real-life Joe Bell was killed by a semi vehicle while strolling on the westbound shoulder of US Highway 40 in Cheyenne County, roughly 20 miles northwest of Kit Carson. The feeling of sorrow appeared to be amplified brutally.
Joe is already on his trek as the film begins, dragging a carriage loaded with his provisions down a length of Idaho pavement while vehicles and semi-trucks pass him by. Soon after, Jadin (Reid Miller) appears to chastise his father for walking with traffic rather than against it. They also discuss why Joe is doing this for Jadin, even if it appears that Joe is still processing parts of it. Joe’s acceptance of what Jadin’s sexual orientation means to him has clearly been a figurative trip, and we soon see the first of numerous flashback scenes that transport us back to the Bell house in La Grande, Oregon. IMDB