My All-American (2015)
My All-American is the story of Freddie Steinmark (Finn Wittrock) who was an underdog on the football field. In high school, he was one of the best players on his team and got a scholarship to the University of Texas along with his teammate Bobby Mitchell (Rett Terrell). Throughout the year of playing ball, his knee began to give him problems, but it wasn’t until after Texas won the National Championship that Freddie learned he would have to lose his leg to cancer.
My All-American means well. It tells a true story and does it with plenty of heart, however, with a run time that is way too long, this movie becomes more daunting that it should. Following behind plenty of other true stories in sports, My All-American will be left in the dust for 2 reasons; it is too long and it is too plain. I don’t feel that there was enough “Hollywood” magic in this movie to keep audiences fighting along with Freddie. I felt the movie should have been over after the championship game (which is the best part of the whole movie), but it goes on for another 30 minutes as we watch Freddie fight the cancer. I’m obviously not suggesting they cut this part of the movie out, but the beginning of the movie could have been trimmed.
Part of me feels like the Championship game was glorified too much. It feels like the movie should have ended there, but it keeps going causing the audience to get antsy as they want to head for the exits. The ending wasn’t as special as it should have been and I wish that it had a bigger impact on the overall story. Obviously this movie isn’t a “bad” movie, but it doesn’t achieve what it set out to do. Sure it educates the audience on the life of Freddie Steinmark, but I still don’t feel like I really knew the young man, and that is where the movie lacks.
When it is all said and done, I feel like this movie will be quickly forgotten about compared to the vast amounts of other sports related stories. Freddie Steinmark is someone to know about, especially living in Texas, but I feel like his story should be told in a more emotional way.
6/10 Stars – Obviously not a bad film, however, My All-American fails to add true emotion behind its touching story due to a long run time.