We are Marshall!!
1 Jan 07
OK, I should start by saying I've been waiting on pins and needles since this movie was first announced nearly a year ago. I followed the filming and when the first chance for an advance screening came up, I jumped on it on December 6. As a resident of the area and a Marshall graduate and strong university supporter, my expectations going into this movie were off the charts. I expected them to deliver the story just as I had it in my mind and my heart. No pressure, right? I just expected this movie to deliver the world. Let me tell you...after 10 minutes in this movie, my expectations were put to rest. This movie delivered the story. Yes, people are going to say that it doesn't seem realistic and that it couldn't have happened this way. They are going to say that the director was just trying to pull at your heartstrings. "They" are wrong. This is how it happened (with the exception of minor details of course which are understandable). I cried a lot in this film. I'm not saying to those of you unfamiliar with the story that you are going to be depressed. This is NOT a depressing film. It was shot with little glitter and frills but more with a sense of the stark realness the story sorely needed on the screen. I've heard a lot of people pan director McG, and several critics can't seem to get beyond their feelings of him to rate this movie fairly. I've nothing but good things to say about him after seeing this. This film flows well. Just the way it needs to go. The acting in this movie is strong. McConaughey is going to get slammed for his portrayal of Lengyel. A lot of people are going to say he hammed it up. Those people then don't know the real life Lengyel. No, he's not that goofy, but he's certainly out there. A great man, but goofy as can get. Ian McShane does a fantastic job, as does David Strathairn. I did think that Kate Mara's role is somewhat forgettable. I didn't really connect with her that well and felt she wasn't really needed for this film to work (though she is hot). That being said, the two actors who come off the screen with their performances have to be Matthew Fox and Anthony Mackie. Fox's scenes left the packed crowd breathless several times. His performance is Oscar worthy, without a doubt. And there were times when I was watching Mackie that I couldn't imagine him as anything but the character he was portraying. My respect for him shot through the roof. I didn't know he had that type of performance within him. OK, I realize I'm biased because of my connections with the town and the university. But I hope and pray that everyone sees this movie. I know I'll see it at least a few more times in the theater and will have the DVD the second it comes out. Warner Brothers....thank you. You did everything right with this movie. You made THE film that everyone here hoped could be made. Thank you.
• United States
28 Dec 06
Yes, I definitely plan on seeing this movie as it looks very good. It looks like it may be a little sad. There have not been too many movies that have interested me lately but this one looks good and Matthew is a great actor. I just got a gift card so I will be using it for this movie.