Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
His people needed a leader. He gave them a champion.
Newly elected President Nelson Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's rugby team as they make their historic run to the 1995 Rugby World Cup Championship match.
All this film amounts to is a collection of Mandela motivational speeches interspersed with some poorly choreographed rugby bits. There is no real story here other than Eastwood goes to great lengths to tell you how wonderful Mandela is all the bloody time. Shame he didn't think about the story or characters or anything else that might make an engaging movie. The more I think about the film the more I really disliked it, the only saving grace is Freeman's portrayal of the president. Somebody should have told Matt Damon that the film was set in South Africa and not South Queensland though.
I was half expecting the end to finish with the line, "And South Africa lived happily ever after". Urgh.
White people cure apartheid with rugby. Inthe end, the only person who loses is the film's audience.
An efficiently told and crafted sports drama, Clint Eastwood's "Invictus" is a solid, sometimes rousing film. The story of Nelson Mandela's attempt to unify the hearts of his nation through rugby, the drama is both timely and classical. Though the film never rarely indulges in its powerful emotional potential, it can be a sweeping piece of work.
Taking place when President Mandela became South Africa's leader in the 1990s, the film follows as he works to unify his country. Trying to bring his black and white countrymen together, he charges South Africa's rugby team with the task of thrilling the hearts of all the citizenry with victory. The narrative mixes its focus between politics and sports, and creates an engaging…
Here we have two stories molded together when focusing on a single narrative would have made more sense. Morgan Freeman was fantastic as Nelson Mandela, so I don't understand why the film wanted to inject a generic rugby subplot. I think that lack of focus really hurt this film, since the rugby portions were mere distractions. Matt Damon's acting was fine, but his character was hard to understand. Who knows what that accent was supposed to be. I was intrigued by the political drama until I was thrown into the next rugby scene.
I can only describe this film as a missed opportunity that's front loaded with clichés. People changing their politics and personal feelings because of a game? Give…
For a director who mostly made either westerns or war films, it's cool seeing someone like Clint Eastwood come out of his comfort zone... though frankly, Invictus isn't the masterpiece critics like Roger Ebert made it out to be.
Don't get we wrong... there's a lot of strong moments in the film. It's performances are excellent (with an Oscar-nominated Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon with a hilariously fake African accent), the cinematography is superb, and it's got some truly heartfelt moments that gives justice to Mandala's legacy... but... Eastwood has a hard time in this movie trying to figure out what should be the spotlight of this remarkable true story, should Mandela get the credit or Matt…
This movie made me feel things.
Perhaps the story is disjointed. Perhaps it leaves the viewer with the misconception that South Africa was all good and jolly after they won the World Cup (No spoilers, just look at the cover). Perhaps everything that we see in Invictus has been done a hundred times over.
But who cares? The originality that this film lacks is not a deal breaker for me. Morgan Freeman delivers each line with power and confidence. He convinces us that he's saying every word from the bottom of his heart. Matt Damon leaves something to be desired. Whatever. I've never been a fan of his anyway, so I can't even feel disappointed.
Invictus is raw, and bleak, and visceral enough to make up for its flaws.
Soll eine Mischung aus Sport- und Politikdrama sein, im Endeffekt jedoch weder das Eine noch das Andere.
Más allá de la noche que me cubre
negra como el abismo insondable,
doy gracias a los dioses que pudieran existir
por mi alma invicta.
En las azarosas garras de las circunstancias
nunca me he lamentado ni he pestañeado.
Sometido a los golpes del destino
mi cabeza está ensangrentada, pero erguida.
Más allá de este lugar de cólera y lágrimas
donde yace el Horror de la Sombra,
la amenaza de los años
me encuentra, y me encontrará, sin miedo.
No importa cuán estrecho sea el portal,
cuán cargada de castigos la sentencia,
soy el amo de mi destino:
soy el capitán de mi alma.
Of course the director's son makes the game winning kick.
The accent coaches deserve Oscars.
[English/ Spanish review]
Invictus is a very rational tale on emotion, not unlike an advertisement in favour of a wonderful social cause. The cause being how the citizens of a troubled country can overcome their differences and conflicts through a common passion. Sports.
Inspiration, generosity, example, vision, mission... no wonder that Invictus is a pet reference for business schools, company managers, leadership gurus and Ted Talk junkies. Yes, you got me, I have some issues with this "left-side-of-the-brain" and over-rational approach to movie storytelling: through true events, larger than life figures, characters turned into humanist archetypes, cathartic moments, feel-good background music, and the impossible made real through a redeeming event that leads into and explosion of shared joy. Everything's ready…
Great sports films are not about sport. This is about forgiveness and moving on. The future is always better than brooding on the past.
Inspiring movie, i've no doubts. It shows the true spiritual dimension of sports in humankind. If you found this too much corny, go away and relieve yourself with pseudo-intellectual crap... Anyway, Merry Christmas to all movie lovers !
Enjoyable as an incredible true story directed by someone known for efficiency should be. Is it the film the true story deserves? Probably not, but Matt Damon's good, and the bodyguards as metaphor for the population is a decent way of giving the events context while not overcrowding a sports film with too much narrative. Freeman is good but distracting as he's just too familiar.
Nearly a really good film, and not a hundred miles from being a terrible one either.
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
Every film that has ever been nominated for a Golden Globe Award in any category.
I first compiled this list a couple of years ago under the title 'Movie Hitlist 2014', and have subsequently largely…