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In the 1930s, Jesse Owens is a young man who is the first in his family to go to college. Going to Ohio State to train under its track and field coach, Larry Snyder, the young African American athlete quickly impresses with his tremendous potential that suggests Olympic material. However, as Owens struggles both with the obligations of his life and the virulent racism against him, the question of whether America would compete at all at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany is being debated vigorously. When American envoy, Avery Brundage, finds a compromise personally persuasive and tolerable enough with the Third Reich to avert a boycott, Owens has his own moral struggle on whether to go. Upon resolving that issue, Owens and his coach travel to Berlin to participate in a competition that would mark Owens as the greatest of the American Olympians even as the German film director, Leni Riefenstahl, locks horns with her country's Propaganda Minister, Josef Goebbels, to film the politically ... Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cast: Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons* and Academy Award winner William Hurt**
Plot overview: Jesse Owens' quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy.
Over the last year Olympic based dramas have shined and this is no exception, the story follows the life of young wannabe Olympian Jesse 'J.C' Owens (James), a student from Cleveland, Ohio. The young man dreams of winning the Olympics and becoming the fastest man on Earth. In order to reach his dream he has to go through extensive amounts of training with coach and friend Larry Snyder (Sudeikis) in the best performance of his career.
Here are some points on why this is a must see drama:
Research: The research is well done if a little wrong but you can tell that the makers of this feature spent researching about what happened before and during the 1936 Olympics. The facts that are right is that Germany didn't appreciate African Americans in the Olympics and they especially didn't want one of them to win. The fact they got wrong I won't say because of spoilers you will have to watch it.
Acting: The acting is to a considerably high standard through almost the entirety of the film but near to the end falls a little flat. The stand out performance comes unexpectedly from Jason Sudeikis normally known for comedies like Horrible Bosses and We are the Millers, this is possibly I have said it before but I'm going to say it again the best performance of his career. The acting done by Stephan James is outstanding he definitely what kind of character he was playing and he didn't shy away from the character he portrays.
Sports movies have been on the rise for many years now and this movie shows that sports movies especially sport biographical dramas will continue to rise over the years. It is a delightful story that just lifts your heart.
Verdict: A delightfully enthralling and uplifting drama that just makes you to run and win. A truly winning spectacle that shines. 8/10 highly recommended.
*1991-Best Actor in a Leading Role, Reversal of Fortune (1990). **1986-Best Actor in a Leading Role, Kiss of the Spider Women (1985).
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