August 28, 2011 2 Comments
So I don’t cover or talk a lot about sports movies, except for the fictional sport of rollerball, and it is mainly out of this notion that most, if not all sports movies are rather formulaic. It’s always about the underdog team, scraping and fighting for a chance to make it to the big show and that one final motivational speech to push them into the stratosphere of excellence. We watch them achieve the impossible and cheer for their victory over the odds, whether that overcoming a tough opponent or some other social injustice that plagues the team. You can see why I am not much of a fan of a genre of film that follows the same story format that most love stories follow. Now this doesn’t mean I go out of my way to avoid sports movies, I will sit down and watch one if the right actors and story are present in the movie. Sometimes I just can’t avoid watching them because my dad really loves inspirational sports movies and I see a lot of movies with him. There is one in particular that I chose today for the resonance that it had on me and if I had to choose a great sports movie, this is it.