Friday Night Lights Reviews
Weaknesses: The movie is ripe with clichés. It's as if the filmmakers wanted to take every trope you see in a sports story and cram it into this. From the injured top star causing the resilient backup to take his place to the arrogant star to the player having an abusive father to the championship game involving a major comeback. It also felt like some people were underutilized. For example, Connie Britton (Sharon Gaines) plays the coach's wife and barely gets screen time. As we saw on the FNL show, she's a fantastic actress who could've been a key part of some big scenes if properly used.
Overall: There are a few things that prevent it from being among the very elite in sports movies, but it's damn close. Friday Night Lights is a masterfully shot film that portrays the relationship between a coach and his team very well. There's a lot of emotional punches throughout, making it the kind of roller coaster you want to experience in your sports movie.
A drama that chronicles the entire 1988 season of the Permian High Panthers of Odessa, Texas, with football players, coaches, mothers, fathers, pastors, boosters, fans and families struggling with ongoing personal conflicts while the team fights for a state championship. A town for sale, Odessa, Texas has seen better days--the financial bust evident in its boarded-up shops and broken lives. Yet one hope sustains the community where, once a week during the fall, the town and its dreams come alive beneath the dazzling and disorienting Friday night-lights. When the Permian High Panthers take to the field. In a city where economic uncertainty has eroded the spirit of its inhabitants, nearly everyone seeks comfort in the religion of the Friday night ritual, where the unfulfilled dreams of an entire community are shifted onto the shoulder pads of a team of high-school athletes.
It feels like the sports drama has the potential to be extremely impactful but at the same time, it also has the potential to be the most cliche. Nowadays, most sports movies tend to follow the same routine, making them predictable and saturated. Considering this film is much older, its story is still well written and although it's a little predictable at times, it still makes for some powerful moments.
It really feels like this film has a Southern vibe in it and since its set in Texas, that's kind of a given. Considering this story took place years and years ago, it does feel like a different period within sports. The way people view their sports and the kids that play in it is much different then how they're treated today. Not necessarily in terms of glamour, but in a different kind of way. I enjoy the story and it feels like something we don't see ALL the time.
The screenplay was well written and like I said earlier, there were a handful of powerful moments in this film. Every player has their own learning curve and hardships that they have to face, and each one feels different. You have a variety of personalities among the team and it never felt like any of the conflict was forced. I like seeing these teenagers grow and just how they navigate the pressure of this time period.
Along with the screenplay, the editing and the soundtrack were also fitting for the film. It felt like the pacing was done really well and the film was well directed. It's a really solid piece of work and it's a sports film that I think many people should watch.
Saw this on 18/6/16
This is one of the least arousing sports movies that I have seen in recent times all because of the innumerous amount of cliches that plague this movie. Despite lacking a drive or clear character development (except for a few of the characters), this film succeeds in parts because at times its story seem fresh and emotional, but that kind of a feeling does not stay for long while watching this movie. The action in the field seems uninspired on the whole and Peter Berg's direction, though good is not his best.