When the Winter Olympics came to Lake Placid in 1980, regarding USA Hockey, no one thought the group of barely 20 year olds had a shot in beating the massive Soviet team. Due to possible boycotts of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, the Soviets planned to not even come to the United States to compete in hockey, but when Coach Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell) whipped the boys into shape and made them a team, the Soviets wanted to come over and beat the snot out of the Americans. They might have done that in the total medal count, but they didn’t do that in hockey!
I’m a huge sports fan and now that I’m almost 30, I can look back over the last 20 years and remember a lot of new “history” being made, however I always regret, through no fault of anyone, not being around for the 1980 Olympic Hockey Games. I love hockey and my Dallas Stars, but I know this special time in America would be more important if I was alive to remember it. Kurt Russell does a great job as Herb Brooks (even thought I really wouldn’t have an idea), but at times makes you want to smack the crap out of him for being such a hard ass. The movie tries to glorify an event in United States history that, no matter how hard it tries, I’m sure will never capture the feelings and emotions the people experienced in 1980. It’s even harder for the movie to recreate that emotion for someone who wasn’t even alive during that time which is why I always thought it was a “nice” movie, but not one I will ever fully understand. The addition of Al Michaels coming in to take his spot as commentator (as he did in 1980) and then playing the true soundtrack at the end for his famous “Do you believe in Miracles?” line is a nice touch. As a movie, Miracle is wonderful and heart-felt, and many who lived the moments may cheer louder, but as for me, it falls in with movies such as Invincible, Invictus and We Are Marshall.
8/10 Stars – Wonderful true story about the 1980 Olympic hockey team that showcases Kurt Russell as coach Herb Brooks.
If there were a personal development movie it would be Miracle. It has lessons in leadership, teamwork, motivation…the list goes on and on. Miracle is just one of those movies that make you feel good after you watch it. It is a great movie for family movie night and with the 2012 Summer Olympics in London coming up its even more perfect, better perhaps if it were the Winter Olympics but all the same. I mean you know what happens in the hockey game but you are on the edge of your seat the whole time, I sure was and I had even seen it several times before.
9/10 Stars – Heartwarming, gripping and an all around fabulous story, but then true stories are often the best.
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