and the trials he faced being a black athlete in this time period. I had a couple negative things to say, but first I want to list some positives. First, the acting is good throughout. It’s nothing to write home about, as everyone stays in a fairly comfortable position. I think some of the best scenes came from veterans William Hurt and Jeremy Irons (but they should. They’re veterans for a reason, after all).
the movie and left me wishing they’d get back to the track.
That is complaint number one: tonally the movie is a mess. It seems confused as to what type of movie it wants to be. Is it an intense biopic? Is it a buddy comedy between Owens and his coach? Is it a study of race relations in the late thirties? I have no idea what this movie is really supposed to be, and that’s why it turned into just a blah fest. And the mentioning of Olympia, while cool for a film buff, was unnecessary. It added nothing at all to the plot. We barely even see her on screen with Owens until the final shots. That’s ridiculous filmmaking.
There was a bit of shoddy effects work too. It is so obvious that the stadium shots are done via a green screen. You see the shifting ripples as Jesse turns. That’s just laziness. I understand on a movie that is largely a biography that the effects budget probably isn’t super high. But if that’s the case, don’t put it in.
Did I enjoy it? Eh. Was it terrible? No. Should you watch it? Decide for yourself. I’m giving Race a “C+”.
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