"We are Marshall" – Review

Wow – it was last November when I first heard of this film and blogged about it.  It’s out on video now, and last night I finally got to see it.

I was not disappointed.  I thought Matthew McConaughey did an amazing job pulling off a coach with a personality somewhere between Lou Holtz and the Rainman.

One day, not today, not tomorrow, not this season, probably not next season either but one day, you and I are gonna wake up and suddenly we’re gonna be like every other team in every other sport where winning is everything and nothing else matters. And when that day comes, well thats, thats when we’ll honor them.”

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  David Strathairn played his role of the “I don’t know a damn thing about football” University President well.  He was extremely believable in this role.

 

This was a very enjoyable film, and you don’t have to know anything about football to follow the story.  Because it isn’t a football story at all.  It a story of how a town loses nearly an entire football team, coaching staff, city councilman, four of six physicians in the city, and a state legislator – parents of 70 children (18 of those children would be orphaned) in a single horrible moment.  And how they came together as a town to heal, and to honor those who were lost.

image I highly recommend this one. With an IMDB rating of 7.3/10 this movie is rated higher than Top Gun (6.5/10) and Titanic (6.4/10).  Deservedly so.