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It Shoots, It Scores..... Much to my Surprise!,
This review is from: Goal! [DVD]  (DVD)
Critics delivered early sights of 'Goal' by hailing it as the 'Rocky' of football (or soccer for those states based commentators!).
I have to say that 'Goal' is by no means an on the pitch reflection of boxing saga 'Rocky'. But the film, however, delivers a plentiful punch in it's portrayal of a young man who longs to pursue his dream to become a world class football player.
Story: The story centres around a young man in Brazil who longs to chase the dream of every youngling and run onto the turf rubbing shin pads with soccer heroes and lead his team to victory. His life, however, is entangled in poverty and strict family vaules and so the thought of playing football at even a semi-pro level is in it's simplest form only a dream. Everything changes though when a former scout for Newcastle United shows up to watch a game and realises that this young man may have more to offer than simple kick-a-bouts with pals in Brazil.
Pros: As a Newcastle dweller, it is awe injecting to see how the filmakers have captured the beauty of the North East and based their entire story around Newcastle United and the football injuiced passion that embraces so many people in this city. Even if you've only visited Newcastle or fancy paying it a visit - this film will highlight the fact that Newcastle upon Tyne remains one of the UK's greatest cities to the eye. The whole filmography is well placed together, and compliments a great story of two worlds in the life of the young rising Newcastle player.
Cons: The film, though moving in moments, at times falls prey to the genre and juxtaposition that is only known as 'cheese'. And, sadly at times the acting seems to be pushed to it's limits when the story's actors are delivering more emotion than decent or sound dialouge. That said; the film is fronted with a league of actors who seem to lead the film to the glory it deserves by the final scenes. Some of the stars of St James' Park also make a appearence.
Best Bit: Alan Shearer's moment of humour in the fitness suite is worthy of a laugh. A definitive moment of comedy, even if you're a fan of soccer and Shearer or not.
Worst Bit: David Beckham tries to deliver a few words of the script in a night club to the newly raised Newcastle Star - but his ability to do so reminded me that neither him nor his wife were cut out for such roles (do you remember Spice the Movie?).