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Friday Night Lights
Hope comes alive on Friday nights.
Gary Gaines, the coach of a local football team in small-town Odessa, Texas, propels his squad to the state championships. But the path to glory is paved with racial and economic strife, and the coach must help his players navigate through the maze so they can play like winners.
Top quality high school football movie which is more about the the pressure place on these young men living in small town Texas as about the game itself. The film expertly swings between uplifting and heart wrenching as it tells the story of these young men in what will most likely end up the greatest year of their lives. The young cast all put in terrific performances and Billy Bob Thornton is at his best as the coach who keeps his composure under mounting pressure from the people of the town where football is the only thing that matters. Special mention to the soundtrack as well which for the most part steer's clear of the usual heavy rock that accompany's football movies in favour of Explosions in the Sky's more instrumental soundings.
Director Peter Berg has a patchy directorial record. He's plumbed the depths with some right old shit, but every now and again he makes something really good, and Friday Night Lights is certainly one of them.
This may be a sports movie based on actual events back in 1988, but as you'd expect this is a Hollywood version of the Permian Panthers High School Football Team's exploits of that season.
Billy Bob Thornton plays the teams coach that is under pressure to deliver the State Championship to justify his salary and appease the School's hierarchy. Billy Bob is always worth watching, but he gets upstaged by some strong performances by the younger actors on view. The likes of Lucas Black…
Its a clichéd sports movie.... Who doesn't like clichéd FUCKING! sports movies!
"It took me a long time to realize that there ain't much difference between winnin' and losin', except for how the outside world treats you."
When "your team" wins it's somehow supposed to be a reflection of yourself. A concept that turned me off to organized sports years ago. The unending and incongruous debates about a physical activity governed by hundreds of derisory rules is representative of the kind of behavior I've grown to resolutely dislike. I have an aversion to the perceived importance of athletics and the carnal fandom it creates. The societal pressure that accompanies being an athlete in the United States is pathetic.
Friday Night Lights captures the destructive nature of a win-at-all-costs mentality and how it…
Well this was a piece of trash. I didn't care about a single aspect of the movie, not the characters, not the story, and especially not any of the football games. I hated the digital look of the movie, as the look does nothing to support the 80s setting. The look of the movie, coupled with the lack of 80s style football equipment made the games look like any game from any other football film. I'm done thinking about this meaningless flick, but I will let you know that the film ends with one of the graduating players throwing a football to a group of young kids. It doesn't get much more heavy handed than that.
This is not only an exceptional sports film, but an exceptional drama surveying the inhumane amounts of pressure placed on coaches and their student athletes in a town where football is the only thing that matters.
The only good movie about football featuring Tim McGraw. The only one.
Best use of Explosions in the Sky's music just under Top Gear.
As someone who would normally find grid-iron football about as interesting as watching paint-dry, and with an ambivalent relationship to the US of A, this is a fascinating, highly contrived but perfectly charming piece of Americana. Seen through the prism of college football, civic pride, self-sacrifice, rugged individualism and a heroic attachment to the abstract ideals of sport are the positive, 'wholesome' values of this mythologized small-town Texas town, whilst the circumscribed lives of its young men are seen to function at the expense of critical self-awareness, in a context of lingering racial segregation, domestic abuse, meat-headed masculinity and the more or less total relegation of women to a cheer-leading role. I came to this via the captivating TV spin-off…
This is the most human sports movie I've ever seen. Most sports movies follow a very basic formula of being either inspirational or comedic. Some try to be dramatic, but most fail because unless a person is playing a sport they often don't feel the tension, the struggle, the pain, or the elation. Where most others fail, Friday Night Lights soars.
Peter Berg does a wonderful job using the shaky-cam technique to create a documentary type of feel to the movie. We see the characters in their daily lives as if we are walking side by side with them. This is especially effective considering the plight many of those people feel. They all want to escape. Through football they can.…
An interesting read.
Gimme a C!
Gimme a T!
Gimme an E!
What's that spell?
Yes, it has sports movie clichés. Yes, it's full of rapid-fire editing that leaves virtually half of the movie feeling like a montage. But it worked on me. I watched this movie with everything I had and I left everything out there on the couch in my living room.
My heart is full.
Good sports movie that works even better as a look at how and why we fetishize football.
My brother and I are 2 episodes away from finishing the television show so I figured it'd be appropriate to see where we started with Peter Berg's film adaptation. A lot of things are different and a lot of things are the same; still in the flat dryness of Texas jamming to Explosions in the Sky, we're just in Odessa instead of the fictional Dillon, TX. The major difference here is also it's fundamental flaw for me, and that's that this is a 2 hour movie trying to tell a much larger story. I don't know if this feeling would be present if I hadn't seen the TV show already, but I have, and seeing this I can't help but…
Peter Bergs films have been mostly mediocre, (I'm thinking of Battleship) depending on sentimentalism and shoddy premises. I feel that this is his best film. (Though Lone Survivor was not too bad) The film is a surprising melancholy look at the importance of Football in Americas small towns as a means of opportunities for poor student athletes. The films drama is good and the acting and look of the film is gorgeous. There are weaknesses which is primarily the camera work. Its handheld for most of the movie which I felt made it look shoddy. Worth the view though. I say see it.
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