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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.
White people cure apartheid with rugby. Inthe end, the only person who loses is the film's audience.
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.
I will say this straight up front. I'm not into sports. I used to love tea-ball and i'd like to move on to baseball as tea-ball is basically looked at as a kids version of the game but overall I don't really play or watch spots. With that being said, that doesn't change how fantastic this film is. Morgan Freeman gives an incredible performance as Nelson Mandela. He fits the wise and kind nature of the man and also the hardworking-ness. The prison scene where he narrates the poem that inspires him is a powerful one. Matt Damon is also very good. My final thoughts are that Invictus is an inspiring and engaging drama that I recommend, whether you like rugby or not.
Clint Eastwood, a rocksolid director, as we all know, brings us an engaging movie that shows a sober perspective of Nelson Mandela's greatness. A wise man with a clear foresight, who found that through sport, more than politics, could unite a resented and divided nation around its rugby team. This film presents a different and interesting cinematic approach on the South African matter, and that's worthy of note.
There couldn't have been a more appropriate time to watch it again. Rest in peace, Nelson Mandela. You'll always be 'Invictus' and its true meaning will echo through the ages.
i dont have words to describe this movie, it's so awesome.
This really make you wonder about the choices some actors make after reading scripts.
Morgan Freeman had for so long been linked with playing the great Nelson Mandela. Everyone, myself included, had felt he would be a great choice for playing him. And after such a long wait to play him you really have to question why he chose this script? Maybe he was just so desperate to play him he jumped at the first thing that came his way.
Found the film the be dull, the storyline was well known to most however the script just feels like it wasted chances to build more on the racial tension in the country at the time. While Damon and Freeman do their best with their roles they just don't have enough to work with.
Would only really recommend if you are a big rugby fan or huge Nelson Mandela fan.
Clint Eastwood's directorial skills shine in a powerful true story about forgiveness and unity in a dark and troubling time in world history. The performance given by Morgan Freeman as South African President Nelson Mandela is as awe inspiring as the man was in real life. Freeman's delivery Mandela's dialogue offers a sort of fatherly wisdom coming from a man with every right to be resentful but instead is one of the most optimistic and loving people in a time full of hate. The pacing of the film gets a little slow at times and does struggle to keep your full attention. But one of the best things about the movie is how the focus starts on Mandela, but switches…
It didn't hit me as hard as i wish it had, but Invictus is still a deeply moving film with Clint Eastwood assured direction, and fantastic performances from Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.
Una nación tan ultrajada y polarizada, hambrienta de igualdad y perdón, consigue el eslabón que cohesiona clases y diferencias sociales. Un poema de 1988, llamado Invictus y escrito por William Ernest Henley, se asienta en la inspiración de aquel hombre que tanto dio por su tierra. Aún cuando la oscuridad lo visitara todas las noches y cuatro paredes hayan sido su compañía por 27 años, Mandela, hombre de alma grande y de honor, salió de cárcel y gobernó a Sudáfrica con amor, demostrando que la verdadera libertad viene desde el interior.
"Si yo no puedo cambiar de parecer cuando las circunstancias lo ameritan, ¿cómo puedo esperar que lo hagan los demás?"
I have to admit: I find Clint Eastwood to be an extremely boring director -- not only does he make uninteresting choices with the camera, he seems to inject his films with his own special brand of boringness. This movie is elevated by performances both by Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. They both are excellent and understated. The story is interesting, even if it doesn't set the world on fire. One additional quibble -- a little tutorial on rugby would have been nice. The last 10 minutes of the movie is poorly shot/edited game that you understand nothing of. I wouldn't say I don't recommend it, but approach with caution.
I dont have a proper review to give here. Just a few points.
Reading some of the reviews already on letterboxd for this film and talking to people about it since it came out, the constant complaint is Matt Damon's accent, and that he sounds Australian.
Fact, I have a friend who is South African, and we have a running joke that he is Australian because he is always being mistaken for one.
Matt Damon's accent is pretty spot on. I believe any South African would tell you so.
My only knock on the film is that sometimes it goes a little too out of its way to explain Rugby and how the tournament works. This could be because I…
There have certainly been other sports films that functioned as more interesting character studies than Invictus, but I struggle to think of a film that has been more effective in depicting the true unifying power of sports, and on that level alone it is powerful. It is also well acted and is an interesting portrayal of the politicalization of sports.
Good film overall but the rugby sequences are piss poor. They actually manage to make Jonah Lomu look small (compared to his actual size) and the story is very Hollywood, and a bit far removed from what actually happened behind the scenes. However - the message of David vs Goliath is aptly portrayed in a good enough fashion.
Blu ray is far better with the picture in picture director, actor and player commentary as it fills in a lot of the gaps which the film leaves out.
A spectacular misfire, just perfectly awful. In spite of some handsome casting, the result is flat, boring, exasperating -- the kind of trite, overblown, horrible nonsense that I hoped most filmmakers would try to sidestep, not gleefully fling about.
Eastwood usually has a gift for stylish predictability and obviousness that somehow convey interesting subtleties, but here all of his instincts are just plain wrong. And to top it all off, his mess of a movie is built around a stupid story about the brutish, ridiculous sport of rugby.
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