Monday, August 4 2014, 04:17 PM MDT
Movie Review: Draft Day
3 out of 5 Stars
Director: Ivan Reitman
Starring: Kevin Costner, Chadwick Boseman, Jennifer Garner
Genre: Drama, Sports
Recommended To: Fans of football, sports films and Kevin Costner.
Synopsis: With his job on the line general manager Sonny Weaver (Kevin Costner) is faced with the task of determining who to pick when he trades up for the number one pick in the NFL Draft.
Review: As a casual football fan I have to admit that there were times when I found Draft Day to be a compelling look at the behind the scenes of a football “war room” where the future of a franchise can hinge on a handful of decisions. Kevin Costner is quite good as Sonny Weaver, son of a legendary football coach and frequent target of the fan base’s disdain. Where the film falters is that screenwriters Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph have inserted all sorts of soap opera drama into the story via a secret office romance (which also undermines Jennifer Garner’s character) and strained family relationships (which could have been handled a lot better). This suggests that they either didn’t think their core story was interesting enough to carry the film or they were desperate to widen their audience by appeasing female audience members with a bit of romance and family tension. What they’ve actually done is dilute the most interesting aspects of the story. Then there’s the fact that the film isn’t based on an identifiable true story. Fortunately this doesn’t completely derail the film, but it does keep the film from being on par with Moneyball.
-Ryan Michael Painter