Tuesday, February 10, 2004
Miracle on Ice: I saw Kurt Russell's latest flick, "Miracle" yesterday. Let me get the minor nitpick out of the way to start. The opening credits are a montage of images from the 1970s to help give the viewer the sense of what former President Jimmy Carter referred to as our "national malaise." The voiceovers on the credits are designed to sound like radio or tv broadcasts. The very first voiceover refers to the passage of the 26th Amendment to the Constitution giving 18-year-olds the right to vote. The voiceover says that the Amendment has passed both houses of Congress " and now goes to the president."
The President has no role active role in the Amendment process.
Now, the movie. I dimly remember watching the semi-final game against the Soviets as a youth, and, like many, I didn't know the difference "between a clothesline and a blue line."
Kurt Russell does an excellent job of portraying legendary coach Herb Brooks -- right town to the Minnesota accent, eh. Brooks is a man on a mission, every decision he makes is a step in achieving the ultimate goal of defeating the juggernaut that was the Soviet hockey team.
Brooks breaks the team down -- focusing on eliminating the Minnesota vs. Boston, Mass. tension by directing their ire towards himself.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
The hockey players in the movie are just that -- hockey players -- they're not really actors, but they all do a credible job and don't take anything away from the film.
If you're looking for a good, family film, then this is one you definitely should see.