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Plot: A track coach in a small California town transforms a team of athletes into championship contenders.
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Well made, well acted. Hearty viewing.
‘McFarland, USA’ sees Disney do a true story sports drama for what feels like the billionth time, but there’s no disputing they sure do know how to create a wholesome and meaningful film for the genre; despite the clichés and predictability. This is no different, it’s very good.
Kevin Costner leads astutely as Jim White, while Carlos Pratts is the pick of the bunch when it comes to the younger guys. All of the latter, who play a group of runners that White coaches, are well cast in truth. I felt a connection to the story, thanks to the writing but also to them.
It does turn into a very pleasant and enjoyable 128 minutes, it’s also quite unique to see a sports film about cross-country running as opposed to the usual basketball, American football etc. Score/cinematography wise, it’s good.
Definitely watch this if you get the opportunity.
> It’s just a matter of when, one to find his place to fit in.
Nothing wrong to call it an another version of ‘Spare Parts’, but it dealt with a different subject. It is a biographical-sport film, about a running race team involving seven high school students from one of the poorest towns in America, McFarland. But the tale begins with the coach Jim White, who finally arrives with his family there after got fired frequently in the other cities. Not intended to stay for a long period, but he has no other choice. He finds hard to fit in the society and get along with his students, but he manages to get going when he forms a team for the upcoming cross-country running race. So their journey puts the small town on the map.
A very inspiring film, not just sports personalities, but anyone who wants to achieve in life should see it. So a must see film for the students and the youngsters. It is not just about the sport, but culture and society. The first act was an introduction, where and how everyone comes together was revealed. Followed by the middle part focused more on the game. Getting prepared for it and facing other troubles that stands obstacle to it. And finally in the third act, it kind of loses what originally intended as a theme, but brings the social matter into it before getting back to where it belongs to curtain.
There was lots of modification in the cinema version compared to the original story. Characters, locations, events, all were kind of randomised from the actuality to the different timelines just to tell a good story. After all, this is a Disney film and Disney always seeks a decent family theme, yet it still remains true to the real. From the New Zealand director of ‘Whale Rider’ fame, another brilliant film. Apart from the super Kevin Costner and his family, the rest of the cast was so perfect. One of the best sport-dramas of the year and Disney done it again. You no need to analyse it to choose, just go for it and it won’t disappoint you.
Simple, predictable, but very appealing
In making this movie Kevin Costner stuck to the formula, the one that most feel good sports movies use, and made it work beautifully. There are no unexpected fancy twists in this one. The acting is straight up and solid. The ethnic background of the movie adds to the movie in good way. I enjoy a few of the scenes that involve the interactions between the coach or his family and the locals. They demonstrate how cultural interaction and familiarity can eliminate fear and breakdown the walls that divide us. Don’t get me wrong, the movie is not trying to give you a social/cultural lecture, this stuff comes naturally mixed with the main story line.
If you like the genre, you’ll enjoy this movie.
Predictable but manages to hit most of the right notes
We all know the drill by now: a teacher, usually white (the one exception seems to be Sidney Poitier in “To Sir With Love”), is sent to teach in a tough, predominately minority high school, filled with troubled teens and burned-out faculty members. At first, the hapless newbie is met with bemusement and resistance from the recalcitrant students, but, eventually, said teacher ultimately earns the trust and respect of all, often leading the kids and their school onto victory and glory in some sort of high-stakes contest (sporting event or whiz-kid competition, preferably). The granddaddy of them all, 1955’s “The Blackboard Jungle,” established the blueprint that all the others that have come after it have felt obliged to follow. Indeed, the narrative arc is so familiar to us by now that only the names, places and specific details offer anything in the way of novelty.
Enter “McFarland, USA,” the umpteenth version of the above scenario, this one featuring Kevin Costner as Jim White, a real life PE teacher/football coach who, out of desperation, takes a position at a high school in an impoverished farm community near Bakersfield, California circa 1987. The population of the town is composed almost exclusively of first and second generation Hispanic immigrants, mostly pickers, leaving White, his wife (Maria Bello) and their two young daughters (“Homeland’s” Morgan Saylor and Elsie Fisher) feeling a bit like fish-out-of-water in their new home.
When he discovers that several young men in his PE class are phenomenal runners, Mr. White decides to start a cross country team at the school, bucking a skeptical principal, school board and rival teams every step of the way – not to mention straightening out the various personal and familial problems of the boys on his team (as well as coping with his own inadequacies as a father to his teenage daughter). Yet, after some early setbacks competing against a series of snooty white schools ah well, you get the picture. And, of course, there’s the inevitable offer of a position at a “better” school, leaving White with the dilemma of either leaving his charges in the lurch or staying on for the long haul.
The thing is, though, that, while it would be easy to dismiss “McFarland USA” for its lack of freshness and originality, formulas are formulas for a reason, I suppose, and that is because they work. So, while you can resist it all you want, in the end you’ll probably find yourself cheering on the boys as they cross the finish line, just as you’ll be championing Mr. White for his ability to lead and inspire his charges both on the field and off. In short, though your brain may be looking for ways to reject “McFarland USA,” your heart will be telling you to let it in. It’s pretty easy to predict which will emerge victorious in that battle.
Nobody does the inspirational phoenix-rising-from-the-ashes bit better than Costner, and he is backed by a first-rate cast of young performers (Carlos Pratts, Johnny Ortiz, Rafael Martinez, Hector Duran, Sergio Avelar, Michael Aguero) who exude both naturalism and charm in their roles as disadvantaged youth who find meaning and pride in personal accomplishment and camaraderie. The movie also does a nice job showing how the bridges between various cultures are best built on the willingness to suspend preconceived judgments and to be open to new experiences.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 9 min (129 min)
Genre Biography, Drama, Sport
Director Niki Caro
Writer Christopher Cleveland (screenplay), Bettina Gilois (screenplay), Grant Thompson (screenplay), Christopher Cleveland (story), Bettina Gilois (story)
Actors Kevin Costner, Ramiro Rodriguez, Carlos Pratts, Johnny Ortiz
Awards 4 wins & 3 nominations.
Production Company Mayhem Pictures
Sound Mix Datasat, Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arricam LT, Zeiss Master Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
Laboratory EFILM Digital Laboratories, Hollywood (CA), USA (digital intermediate), FotoKem Laboratory, Burbank (CA), USA (prints)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision3 50D 5203, Vision3 500T 5219)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Super 35 (3-perf) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic) (Kodak Vision 2383), D-Cinema