Friday, January 9, 2015
A Different Kind of Sports Film: When the Game Stands Tall Review
From Hoosiers to Blindsided, there's just something about a feel good sports movie that everyone loves, isn't there? I'm not even a fan of sports myself, and yet I find myself being drawn into these great stories...working together, overcoming hardships, these are stories and lessons anyone can appreciate.
One common theme we tend to see among these stories is that they tend to be all about the underdog. It's the team that no one expects to win, but that overcomes all obstacles to surprise us all. Everyone wants the underdog to push through and win. We learn great lessons about never giving up, fighting for what we want, proving the naysayers wrong! But what about the team that everyone DOES expect to win? The team whose winning streak shatters records? Are there still lessons we can learn from them? In When The Game Stands Tall, we see that there is. Let's take a look:
Inspired by a true story, When The Game Stands Tall tells the remarkable journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur, who took the De Le Salle High School Spartans from mediocre to outstanding, including an incredible 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport. When tragedy strikes though, they must decide if the sacrifice, commitment and teamwork they have always trusted can rebuild what is now disintegrating around them.
The story may be about a winning team rather than an underdog, but it still has everything a good inspirational sports film needs. They learn what it means to be a team- to work together, to overcome adversity and most importantly, they learn that it's truly not all about winning. It is not just a story about a team who wins, but a story of growing up. For any sports fan, it's a must watch...and for any non-sports fan like myself...it's still a must watch. It truly is a great story that goes far beyond football.
And a great story that everyone CAN watch... like many of the other great movies from Affirm Films, this is a movie that you can feel confident in your whole family enjoying together! It's another perfect addition to your family movie library!
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Have you watched When The Games Stands Tall? What did you think? Who in your life would enjoy this film?