Chariots of Fire follows a selection of young men training for an Olympics in the 1920s. There is a young Jewish man, angry about being Jewish; a rich, Lord who loves to hurdle with champagne glasses, and a very religious young man who runs like Phoebe from Friends (no seriously). And frankly, they aren’t that interesting.
The music is good (it did win best original score), despite the fact that now we have overused that opening song by a thousand. I thought most of the acting was good. The problem is that your eye is majorly distracted with the way the film is shot. It’s a slow breakthrough, with the camera moving in between people that are moving. This is interesting sometimes in films, but here, it just serves as further distraction.
This movie also feels much longer than a two hour film. The final half hour is the quickest, because that is when the majority of races take place. Unfortunately, there are several characters that are majorly underdeveloped, and just serve as fodder. I couldn’t even tell you the names of most characters, once you get past Abrahams and Liddell.
I watched this movie first, and only got through the first twenty minutes. I couldn’t watch it that day, and so I moved on. I tried again and succeeded on getting through the run time, but it wasn’t any better.
My final message is this: the message is good, and for that, it gets a “D“. Stand up for what you believe in kids.
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"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy"