Flash Movie Review: Draft Day

It is important to hear encouragement but how much of it is heard depends on the person. I have seen people on those reality shows where their family and friends have told them they can sing or dance and it is obvious they do not have talent. They believe every compliment they are receiving, even if it is only being given out of kindness. I personally do not think it is fair to mislead a person unless the whole family or friends do not realize they are all tone deaf or lack rhythm. Being a defensive pessimist on top of being my own worst critic, I am in a different category. Any compliment I receive I tend to discount. Though appreciative of encouraging words, they actually are the fuel that drives me harder to do better. All these years I thought it was a stubborn streak that kept me pounding away to succeed at the task at hand. I have come to realize there is a voice inside of me that has high standards, pushing me to prove wrong the other voice in my brain that tells me I am a failure. The same can be said for those people who told me I could not do something; it only made me fight harder to prove them wrong. The first thing I heard inside of me when my first short story was published was that 7th grade teacher who told me I would never be a writer. It all comes down to believing in yourself and that inner drive was something I admired in general manager Sonny Weaver, played by Kevin Costner (3 Days to Kill, Mr. Brooks) in this sports drama. Hoping to rebuild the Cleveland Browns football team, Sonny would butt heads against strong opposition for his NFL Draft pick from Coach Penn and team owner Anthony Molina, played by Denis Leary (Sand, Rescue Me-TV) and Frank Langella (Robot & Frank, The Ninth Gate). Even with his mother Barb, played by Ellen Burstyn (Another Happy Day, The Fountain), questioning his moves Sonny was determined to do what he thought was right. I found the NFL Draft story exciting and thought Kevin was believable in his role. The part that did not ring true was the story involving Jennifer Garner (Dallas Buyers Club, Elektra) as Ali. There was little chemistry between her and Kevin’s character and I just found it phony and unnecessary. If the writers would have stayed with the football story, including the back stories for the hopeful picks, this movie would have been better in my opinion. Keep in mind I am not a fan of team sports but I enjoyed all of the drama and tension revolving around the team franchise. Whether Sonny made the right choice or not did not matter to me; his drive and conviction was what I admired in him the most.

 

2 1/2 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on April 15, 2014, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I read online that if the movie fails, the Browns will fire the current coach – I am a big Browns fan and will certainly go see it. For how we idolize sports, that business model is cruel and ruthless.

  2. That clip was boring, I got the thesis so thank you, now I never have to waste my two hours on the film.

    I would love to have read what you thought about the file more than the clip. The problem is/was, I cannot read that big of a paragraph on my computer screen. Please make paragraphs and compelling points that keep me reading.

    I , as will nobody in our modern world, will ever read a block of text to learn what you think.

    I know, harsh, but I think you are doing cool shit, but you should work on delivery.

    Ignore me if you choose.

    • There is no reason to ignore you Steven, thanks for your comments. You are not the 1st to mention breaking up the one large paragraph. Since I am still evolving with this site, I have been thinking about ways that would satisfy readers and make sense to the wiring in my head. Best regards to you.

  3. Suddenly with all the positive reviews and strong word-of-mouth, I’m kinda looking forward to this. Anyways, haven’t seen a good Costner vehicle in ages.

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