In Ivan Reitman’s Draft Day, Kevin Costner plays Sonny Weaver Jr., the Cleveland Browns’ General Manager. It’s NFL draft day, and if the draft doesn’t go well for the Browns, Sonny could be fired.
I love football. Don’t get me wrong, I am no expert, only recently joining my first fantasy league, but I definitely love the sport. I really enjoyed this movie. It’s a sports drama for both fans of The League and football in general. It is the Moneyball of football, though not as good but still worth seeing. The movie has a star-filled ensemble cast including Jenifer Gardner, Sam Elliot, Denis Leary, Frank Langella and more.
The characters are not overly complicated and the plot isn’t too thick, however that’s ok as far as I’m concerned. It’s probably not going to get any Oscar nominations, but the performances are solid and the movie overall is well directed. Sometimes a simple movie that isn’t exactly challenging can be great for a Friday night after a long week.
Ivan makes some interesting special graphic effects choices that I think most of the time really worked. It’s hard to explain, but it’s a type of picture in picture kind effect. It helps keep up the momentum of the movie and made some scenes a little more interesting.
Take anyone to see this movie. It’s an all around good movie to watch and worth the price of a ticket.