This movie actually really surprised me. I was expecting to get a ridiculously formulaic sports biopic, and well, I got a rather formulaic sports biopic.
The acting in Race is phenomenal. Jason Sudeikis joins Harrison Ford and Denzel Washington as one of my favorite sports biopic mentors. Even though he doesn't quite look like Owens, I think that Stephen James does a very good job in his role. Jeremy Irons also did well in his supporting role.
The writing, albeit somewhat formulaic, does have some shining moments. The parts of the film that play out like a political thriller, with Irons in Germany, among others, are the best parts of the film. There is also a great subplot involving Leni Riefenstahl and her documentary, Olympia. I also think that the title itself is intriguing because Race could be referring to the Olympic race or race relations, both of which play an equal part in the film.
So overall, I was really pleasantly surprised by this film. I think that it definitely had its flaws, but the things that it did right far outweighed the negatives. Race made for an enjoyable time at the movies.
Big Tuna's Rating: B+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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