DRAFT DAY, 2014
Director: Ivan Reitman
Stars: Jennifer Garner, Kevin Costner, Chadwick Boseman
Review by Matthew Toffolo
The General Manager of the Cleveland Browns struggles to acquire the number one draft pick for his team.
We are moving into a new era is today's Information Age where people would rather be the General Manager of a NFL team than the actual Quarterback. The world is teaching us that it's easier being stressed out and overworked sitting in an office chair staring at a computer all week than it is to being overworked watching game-film for 6 days before running around on Sunday being chased by very fast and very big 300LB grown men whose only job is to try to harm you.
Would you rather have a job that can last up to 30 years where you make over a million dollars a year? Or a job that can last from 1 to (if you're lucky) 15 years where you make over a million dollars a year but will garner at least 5 concussions, have over 20 major surgeries on your knees, shoulder, groin, angle, elbow, hand etc.... and finish your career with no other prospects for employment while you will probably die before your time is up due to all the turmoil you've put on your body. But that's okay because you are in so much pain anyways and can't really enjoy anything unless you have many pain killers plus a few shots of Rye in your system.
Because of the giant growth and success of Fantasy Leagues, plus the information we're receiving from what these NFL players go through during and after their careers, most of us now don't want to be the winning Quarterback in the Super Bowl, but the man who sits in the Luxury Box watching the Super Bowl. If you told me that this would be the case when I was a teenager playing football 20 years ago, I thought you would be crazy. "Those you don't do sit in the stands!" Now has changed to "Those who play are really, really stupid."
The biggest thing this movie taught me was how good a movie MONEYBALL is. Draft Day is definitely the poor man's version of Moneyball and attempts to jump on that success. And this movie isn't the only one. Even Disney, who likes to make those inspirational sports movies like The Rookie, Secretariat, and Miracle, are set to premiere a film about a Sports Agent who finds talent in India. The lead inspirational guy doesn't play any game of any kind - but finds people to play the game. That is their next 'feel good' movie!
And there's more to come. Already 4 more films about the behind the scenes of a basketball, baseball, soccer, and another football team are slated for production in Hollywood and will come out to a theatre near you in the next few years.
And if they are going to keep doing this, then they better look at Moneyball a little bit closer because Draft Day is a very stinky version of it. Two types of people are going to see this film: Someone like myself who loves the game of football and knows it inside and out, or the people (like me) who drag others to see it like I did with my fiance who knows nothing about football. And what Draft Day did was insult both of us. They did things in this movie that are completely unrealistic and tried to pander down to the average fan. While also talking a bit too inner football and not explain what the NFL Draft is to confuse the non-fans. So whoever watches will be a tad insulted.
But this is football and football is king in our 2014 world. So I'm sure people will like it even though they really don't. Kind of like what the Star Wars fans did when Phantom Menace came out.
Draft Day is an okay film to watch on Saturday afternoon when it's raining outside. But not nearly good enough to actually get up and go to the cinema to see like I did.