During the bobsled runs, you can't help but find yourself cheering for the team. Now, Cool Runnings had all the makings of the greatest movie of all time. Doug is more the comic relief here is the bitter, reluctant coach to take on a ragtag team of Jamaicans and make them Olympic champions. The issues they face stem from that fact of where they come from and no one can possibly take them seriously. In his prime, co-writer Michael Ritchie might have turned this into a caustic Downhill Racer or Bad News Bears-style critique of professional sporting values. It sits in my Top 10 films because it is a film pretending to be nothing other than uplifting and enjoyable fun and, for this reason, it excels! But then comes the real-world finale, when the heroes lose the race but achieve a much greater goal, symbolizing what the Olympics truly mean to athletes around the globe.
The team themselves are a wonderful advert for teamwork and the little island of Jamaica. When Jamaican sprinter Derice Bannock is attempting to follow in his fathers Olympic footsteps he is disqualified from the race when fellow runners trip and fall. Now aged 23 I found myself weeping at the end of this film recently odd as I've seen it about 15 times over the years. There are certain movies over the past decades that achieve a sort of raw emotion inside of us that can't be captured on purpose. Does that mean when I was a child I was a racist? Plus, you got to figure with all the pot Mr. Derice is hardworking and respectful, Sanka fun and dedicated, Junior is sweet from a privileged background, Yuul is hard and focused. Parents need to know that although this underdog sports movie is based on the Jamaican bobsled team's appearance in the 1988 Olympic Games, the characters, most of the situations, and all of the conflict are heavily fictionalized.
Cheers, hugs, delirious music, fade out. This entertaining movie, based on the true story of the Jamaican Bob Sled Team's yes, you heard right - Jamaican Bob Sled Team participation in the 1985 Winter Olympics is a funny film with a warm heart that moves to an inspiring ending. The Olympics have fostered a cult of excellence in which athletes become superhuman, and victories are measured in a tenth of a second. The story telling is good, the camaraderie authentic, and the celebration of life inspiring. He and four unlikely partners team up to make history as the first bobsled team from a small island country too tropical for snow or ice.
And has a couple of stirring speeches that he somehow delivers as if every word were not recycled from other films. God bless you John and thank you for the great performances you made in the movies you starred in. All in all, it's pretty much as expected. Was he hiding bottles of spirits in cupboards, his coat, the bobsleigh - have I missed something here? An entertaining trailer indeed, but a commentary or featurette would have been nice additions as well. This was probably a childhood movie they grew up watching. The story is amazing and unthinkable.
They simply wanted to portray characters they idolized growing up. In fact, it's surprisingly entertaining, with a nice sweetness in place of the manic determination of the average sports picture. John Candy showed he could deliver an emotional performance instead of just schtick. The film also teaches an excellent lesson on competition and the relative importance of winning. Even rarer, it celebrates genuine sportsmanship, placing the emphasis back on how the game is played in the face of the winning-is-everything philosophy that permeates every aspect of contemporary life.
It explores the parent-child conflict, superstition, ambition, love, hate, patriotism and a gamut of other themes. However, when it comes time for the big match that is evident in all sports movies, Cool Runnings gives us a break and saves the viewer from the usual first place ending. A small amount of relatively mild foul language mars this otherwise very enjoyable film. Then everything somehow turns out right. It is about the white guy. This is a movie that is so simple, yet so unbelievably poetic that it is hard to to believe Disney made it.
Irv is approached by Derrice Bannock Leon , the son of one of Irv's old friends, who after failing to qualify for the Summer Olympics in the 100-yard sprint, is determined to find some way to get into the Olympics. I also think that the Jamaicans should of checked the sled before they raced, that loose nut should of been tightened or welded to the frame. He meets the dishonored couch Irving Blitzer John Candy , who is living in the tropical country after two gold medals and elimination due to cheating, and convinces him to couch the first Jamaican Bobsled Team. Also the music is good I also liked that Swede chap who called one of the Jamaicans, Jamaica! Essentially, Derice the most determined member of the group, is a person who we come to admire for his persistence, and maybe that's why it's a good family film, someone kids can look up to. They form a group with the push-cart driver Sanka Coffie Doug E. This isn't the greatest film ever and it's full of cliches; but, they work. At one end you've got the Jamaican team, a colorful, contrived bunch of squabblers who predictably learn to pull together and defy their detractors mainly a rival team of stereotyped East German Nazi-Commie storm troopers.
Not that I have any evidence that baseball movies are popular in Cuba or Japan. Not that this sticks closely to the facts; instead, it's another Rocky-style sports movie about the underdogs who achieve public recognition and self-respect. It's a sweet film, and I doubt there's more than a handfull of people who could resist its charm. Then, just when things look their bleakest, the guys decide not to give up, and somehow they start to get better. It's a lot like hanging a Buddhist swastika from the rear view mirror of your car.
His efforts also include writing and researching media in all its forms and observing how it effects society and culture. Personally, not knowing the complete story of the actual team, I can only trust that the basis for fact in this movie ends at the point of the existence of the team. I watch this fairly often and I keep willing them to make it to the finish line but obviously this never happens. There are plenty of laughs and general silliness, but there is also good drama and fine performances. Well after the international joke wore off I seem to remember seeing a t-shirt or two during college there was the movie Cool Runnings, which dramatizes the tumultuous road to the Olympics which did everything in its power to keep the team out and their thrilling last place finish.