Draft Day (2014) Movie Review
Release Date : April 11th, 2014
Genre : Drama
Film Length : 109 Minutes
Sports movie can be a hit and miss genre type of film usually either being great or horrible, but how does a sports movie that takes play over the course of less than a day and off the field mainly looking at the behind the scenes look of a huge sports event handle?
Draft Day follows Sonny Weaver Jr who is the General Manager of his NFL team who’s job, life, and everything is pending on the results of the 2014 Draft Day which is happening for him in hours. Sonny has to think about who the top potential draft picks are, when to get them, trading and making deals with other teams, and the price of the players among others. Essentially this is a fantasy football players dream film as it mainly deals with the going on’s of what it is like to more or so manage a team rather than playing the game itself. It is actually surprising that they were able to make the film flow well even for people that aren’t extremely knowledgeable football fans. They at least try to make sure that everything is explained to make sure that at no point in time do you get lost with the constant fast moving that the story goes at. It’s unfortunate that the side stories they try to add on involving a dysfunctional relationship and a family death and rough feelings with a mother and ex-wife. The side stories however don’t add much into the overall story and just feel tacked on somewhat.
The film does use a film technique that when done wrong can ruin a film, that technique being split screens between characters on the screen together. Draft Day uses it to show conversations between coaches across the country. They are able to make it seem fluid and it actually makes the scenes more tense in the end. The casting for this film does help in make these moments do as well as they do. Kevin Costner as Sonny Jr does a great deal for the role. Costner has the look, feel, walk and talk for the role. On the other hand Jennifer Gardner as his complicated love and teams financial advisory doesn’t add anything special into the role. It is another role that could of been filled by any other relatively decent actress. Finally Dennis Leary plays the teams Coach who goes against Sonny Jr’s every whim insisting that Sonny is ruining any chance the team has at a wining season.
Overall for a sports film that focuses on the NFL Draft (although in a extremely unrealistic and extreme fashion) it still manages to be entertaining for almost 2 hours. For sports fan this will be a blast that you’ve always wanted to watch for for the non sports fans you’ll still be able to watch a fun fasted paced sports film. It’s worth a watch.