The Boys In The Boat – A Touching Review of Underdog Story


George Clooney’s latest film is a serious and moralistic sports drama set in the era of the Great Depression. The movie recounts the inspiring true story of a determined group of nine athletes from the University of Washington who defied the odds to compete for Olympic rowing gold at the 1936 Berlin Games. Along their journey, they faced challenges from elitist Ivy League individuals and deceitful Nazis. Clooney serves as the director of the film, which is an adaptation of Daniel James Brown’s popular book of the same name. Joel Edgerton portrays the tough and reserved coach, Al Ulbrickson, who chooses to take his junior crew to the Olympics instead of the more experienced seniors. The film also criticizes the US rowing authorities who obstructed the progress of the team, favoring privileged east coast competitors over the hardworking blue-collar athletes who were more skilled in rowing. The movie bears resemblance to David Fincher’s The Social Network, where the Winklevoss twins, known for their sense of superiority, developed their attitudes while rowing for Harvard.


Consider casting Callum Turner, the British star from George Clooney’s “The Boys in the Boat,” for the future adaptation of “Born to Run: The Bruce Springsteen Story.” Turner, who is known for his roles in the last two “Fantastic Beasts” films, perfectly embodies the working-class prince persona of Springsteen. On the other hand, Bruce, who hails from a middle-class background in Jersey, represents the roughneck factory worker of the soul. In “The Boys in the Boat,” Turner showcases the same duality as Springsteen, portraying Joe Rantz, a 14-year-old living in Seattle during the Depression. Rantz joins the college rowing team to earn money for his engineering studies, showcasing his determination and resilience.

Despite his modest origins, he possesses the charm and magnetism of a celebrity, exuding a determined and unwavering gaze reminiscent of a rock-solid foundation. Callum, the character he embodies, is depicted as a shining figure with luscious blond locks, yet his unwavering commitment to doing what is right takes precedence over triumph. Turner’s rugged and unadorned voice, coupled with an insatiable drive akin to Springsteen’s, gives off an aura of stardom, but his true essence lies in his unwavering dedication to his academic pursuits.

The Boys In The Boat Lookmovie movie captivates with its exhilarating cinematography and skillful editing, as the camera skillfully follows and encircles the boats from various perspectives, including visually stunning vertical shots. This film can be described as a refined sports movie, where Clooney puts in great effort to recreate the nostalgic charm of the past, and succeeds in doing so, despite a lingering sense of old-fashionedness. Undoubtedly, it stands as Clooney’s finest directorial work since “The Ides of March,” which was released twelve years ago. Moreover, it beautifully showcases Clooney’s affection for timeless Hollywood classics and the timeless essence that such filmmaking embodies.

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