Nelson Mandela was a saint. Freeman owns this one effortlessly. Clint is the first born of John Ford no question about it. The steadiness, the calm, the way he hovers above drama & never plunges into sentimental blackmail.Still the best at showing and uncovering the humane inside the human hero. Not an easy feat; yet he pulls it off with such grace that it seems easy the task of directing a film>a teacher of awesome.
Clint shows admirable restraint throughout the first two acts, but alas, in the final act he falls prey to his basest instincts: slow motion, histrionic music and excessive cross-cutting. Undoubtably flawed but for the most part a fascinating movie.
***1/2. I never saw a rugby game shot that well. Clint Eastwood is a humanist and a large number of scenes of INVICTUS show the empathy of this director for his characters. Needless to say that this movie should be in your library if you're an Eastwood fan. Recommended.
Bearing in mind that 'Invictus' is not a deep political film,and the ending is already known,it is a good thing that Eastwood relied on the characters.
And he got strong performances from his leads in a story about leadership.
The Championship Match will have most people,just for a second,believing that sports could unite a country.
the most fluid portrayal of a (close to) war torn country you'll ever see in a hollywood picture. Taking the viewer from the slums to upperclass apartments all to watch the game.
But holy cow does that theme song ever bring it down.