Woodlawn (2015)


woodlawn“I’d like to have a meeting with the football team. I’ve seen things. All across the country.” – Hank

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Jan 2016)

Brief Synopsis –Based on the true story of a high school football team that changed their losing ways when they all started to believe.

My Take on it –This is a movie that has quite an interesting premise about faith and belief but it too often feels as if it is trying to preach faith and religion to the audience.

This movie is based on real events that happened 40 years ago, but it is a bit hard to believe that certain things happened the way they are shown.

Everyone’s ‘conversion’ pretty much happens instantaneously and I found the way it was shown to be a bit improbable that it really happened like that.

The movie has some great football scenes, but they focus much more on the faith aspect than the games themselves and I think the impact of the film suffers because of this.

The cast is very good; I’ve always been a fan of Sean Astin and his character is definitely inspirational to watch.  Jon Voight has a small but important role and also does a great job.

Bottom Line -Premise is very good, but it comes off as too preachy and despite being based on a true story, a lot of it just sounds a bit too impossible to believe.  Some great football scenes but the movie focuses less on them than they probably should have.  Great lead cast with Sean Astin and Jon Voight playing very inspirational characters.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Sean Astin’s character “Hank” is actually a composite of three people: Wales Goebel, a former house builder who began reaching out to area high schools; Hank Erwin, father to co-creators Andrew Erwin and Jon Erwin, who was the team’s chaplain for two years; and Mike Huckabee, whose experience at Explo 72 informed some of the dialogue.  (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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5 thoughts on “Woodlawn (2015)

  1. Ugh, I was afraid of this man. I do love a good football story and I don’t mind the ones that filter religious overtones throughout the story as a way to provide the sense of unity and brotherhood that often must be there for people to see through particularly difficult times. It’s when the filmmakers feel like it’s the best approach to push the religious aspects and have an emphasis on that over other things that puts me off. I think it’s what ultimately made When the Game Stands Tall a lot weaker than it should have been, and it seems like I made the right call to skip this one. Thanks for the review Rob

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