31 December 2009

We're Just Swaying From Side to Side

Recently, Invictus was the the film of choice. Going into the film, how could anyone not think this would be any less than amazing? Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. And an amazing story of reconciling a racially divided nation and an underdog rugby team overcoming insurmountable odds that drew the nation of South Africa together.

Sadly, though, Matt Damon's performance was the only thing good about this film. I shouldn't say that it's not enjoyable, but one might assume that with such a stacked roster of talent that this film would be one of the best of the year. It was not (according to me, that is).

It was really discouraging to see such an amazing and inspiring story be presented in such a sloppy and in-cohesive way. The film was edited together very poorly and seemed to not really impart the epic-ness of the story that took place. Some scenes dragged on too long and some didn't dedicate enough time to vital parts of the story.

And, who'd have guessed that Morgan Freeman would be anything less than perfect? Sure, if anyone were to play Nelson Mandela, it's Freeman. Without doubt. And while he looked the part, the accent still rang loudly of Freeman's deep and distinct baritone voice.

All in all, it might be worth a rent or netflix when it's available. The story is enjoyable enough, but don't waste a night at the movie theater to see it.



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