Monday, February 23, 2015
McFarland USA Review: Finishes The Race with Exceptional Marks
The plot to the film follows Jim White (Kevin Costner) who moves to a small town called McFarland with his family. After a tough time settling in, Jim finds a new passion in the form of Cross Country as he recruits seven unlikely Hispanic Americans to be runners. Though they have a rough start, the team and their coach begin to bond and together they make a name for themselves in High School cross country.
As I stated before, if you have seen one sports movie then you seen them; and that is how I felt about the film's plot. Though the movie is based on true events, McFarland USA follows the same formula that so many films like it have done in the past. From the plot points to the story's climax, there were very little surprises about McFarland's plot; and yet the story managed to still work This is thanks to the plot revolving around the town of McFarland itself. Though the cross country meets were a big part to the story, the majority of movie's tale dealt with Jim White bonding with his team; not to mention the rest of the town. This plot point led to several good moments in the story that range from being entertaining or dramatic. This element may not have given the story anything new but it certainly made McFarland's story a straightforward plot that was easy to get behind.
It may not have seemed like it at first, but McFarland,USA was a solid sports film. Like a good run, the movie starts off slowly with its questionable pacing; but as it gets its second wind, McFarland uses elements like practical characters and heart-warming moments to make it to the finish line. Though McFarland,USA was not a game changer in its genre, this drama paced itself terrifically and turned to be a straightforward and an engaging experience.