More Than a Game

More Than a Game

Amy Larsen, Staff Writer

On Friday, August 22, 2014, the movie When the Game Stands Tall, directed by Thomas Carter, hit the theatres. Based on a true story from De la salle, the theatre were packed. The crowd was full of students, football fans, as well as people who had heard and were interested in the story.

The movie focuses on De la salle’s football team, and their 151-game winning streak, up until 2004. Once the streak dies, and the seniors graduate, they leave a new team trying to follow in their footsteps, which leads to the team falling apart. With the coach getting sick and a player getting shot, the movie is more about the life of a team than one season and a couple of games. For the whole 115 minutes, the inspiring movie held the audience’s complete attention–full of drama, disappointment, defeat, but also victory.

The movie was heartbreaking at times, and suspenseful at other times. The director made the audience connect with the players and the families, as well as feel the intensity and competition in the games. The team had clear morals–commitment, hard work, and respect.

The players and the actors nailed their roles. Jim Caviezel played Bob Ladouceur, the coach, and Laura Dern took the role of the wife, Bev. Alexander Ludwig, Ser’Darius Blain, Stephan James, Matthew Daddario, and Jessie Usher are some of the many actors playing the football players, who all play the part of jocks who still care more about the game itself than the score.

However, like any “inspired by a true story” movie, there are questions of accuracy with each event. Overall, the director was able to portray the main values of the remarkable team and its valued coach, Bob Ladouceur. Each individual play of the games were not right on point, but the team and brotherhood between players and coach, as well as respect of the players and coaches, revealed the bigger picture of the story.