Title: Draft Day Director: Ivan Reitman Year: 2014 Run time: 1hr 50m
“It’s NFL Draft Day. A day that can change the lives of athletes and the fortunes of football teams forever. After pulling off a blockbuster trade, General Manager Sonny Weaver Jr. controls the #1 pick. Up against fan pressure, an ambitious owner, and a hard-nosed coach, Sonny faces the biggest decision of his life. Should he go with the consensus #1 pick or trust his instincts and risk losing it all?”
2:07 - This draft thing sounds very dramatic. 7:10 - “At least act like you called me!” Love that line. 12:54 - Just had to pause to check what the draft is actually all about. Am on board now. 15:54 - It must be weird to hear yourself constantly talked about on the radio like that. 20:39 - The chief of police has turned football coach! 24:56 - Oh my god, that’s Diddy! 27:23 - She just read a tweet out in a film. Ha! 41:43 - I think I’m enjoying this far too much. The intern is a lot of fun. And all the characters are kicking ass on occasion. 42:26 - You can judge a player on them working out during the offseason? Weird. They do appear to do massive weights though. 43:44 - “How is it that the prize in the most macho sport is a piece of jewellery? 47:07 - There’s a lot of phone calls in this film. And yet no phone sponsorship! 52:14 - “We can always talk football.” 54:00 - HOW do people remember stuff about sports? Remember the so and so superbowl? NO! It was ages ago. 54:40 - I’m not sure, but it sounds like he’s saying John Candy saved the superbowl. 1:04:04 - So draft day is basically a whole load of riddles. 1:17:15 - God, I am tense now! 1:18:11 - Like setting up a new tradition. 1:21:59 - It comes to something when Diddy’s the voice of reason. 1:30:19 - It would be crazy to quit midway through. 1:31:40 - He went rogue! Rogue mention. 11:41:30 - Totally love it, although I do think he’s a bit old for her.
A sports film and with Kevin Costner in, this was always going to be high up on the list. It took us a little by surprise though, hadn’t heard of it until it appeared on the iTunes charts.
I absolutely loved it. I had to pause ten minutes in to google what the whole draft thing was about but once we established what the point of the film was, it was brilliant from there on in. Tense, enthralling, with a handful of relationships around the edges to keep it interesting. I didn’t necessarily buy the relationship between Costner and Garner, but I thought she was fab.
I was properly involved and there was tears at the end and everything. Brilliant stuff.