Football is a game that knocks you down, then expects you to get back up. Life hit the West Virginia town of Huntington and its Marshall University even harder. When it did, Jack Lengyel came by to help pull them onto their feet by taking the job no one wanted: rebuilding the Marshall football program only months after a plane crash wiped out Marshall’s beloved Thundering Herd. Matthew McConaughey portrays Lengyel, the energetic, compassionate coach of inexperienced players whose chances of victory are slim and none. They’ll go with the slim. And as they do, their true-life story of heart, healing, and football will thrill and inspire you. It’s game day. Time to play till the whistle blows!
November 14th, 1970, an airplane crashed killing all on board, including the Marshall University football team, their coaches, and many of their fans. This movie brings focus to those that were left in the aftermath to rebuild and resurrect the University’s football team.
The acting in the movie is quite stunning. Matthew McConaughey does a brilliant job as Coach Lengyel as does Matthew Fox as the assistant coach, Red Dawson. I was especially intrigued by Fox’s character, who gives up his seat last minute on the plane. We see the process that the guilt has on him and how it affects his life.
While the movie has parts that are extremely emotional, as a whole this film is rather hopeful and enjoyable. It pays honor to those who died in the crash as well as to those that picked up the pieces and kept going. Overall, the story is good, the acting is good, and the soundtrack is good. You can’t go wrong.
The only bad thing about this release is that the special features are seriously lacking. You get a small feature on Legendary Coaches (how coaches overcome adversity), and then you also get the movie’s trailer, but that’s it. It’s just not enough to keep me entertained and overly excited.
Review by Emma Loggins
Official site: http://www.wearemarshall-themovie.warnerbros.com/
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