Last night I attended the advanced screening for Draft Day. As we watched the 2014 NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver (Costner) has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL.
To be a sports fan is like being in a relationship. You love your team for they joy they provide, but it comes at the price of heartache. You love your team and can recall not only the highlights, but heartbreaking times. Nothing is worse than when a player you value leaves to go to another team and might win the Super Bowl with a new team. No place knows that like Cleveland. When it comes to sports, they just can’t catch a break.
Cleveland is the butt of so many sports jokes that the only way their teams win is when Hollywood makes a movie about them. Do you remember Major League? Like that movie, Draft Day is a very entertaining movie for casual and hardcore NFL fans. You don’t have to be from Cleveland, but locals will really appreciate all the little attentions to detail used from historic landmarks.
Kevin Costner to a perfect choice to be the lead Sonny Weaver, Jr., because you can’t think of romantic sports comedies without Bull Durham and Tin Cup coming to mind. I enjoyed how Costner was able to command the situations with stoic humor.
As always Jennifer Garner was lovely. She plays a sports lawyer who is charge of maintaining the team’s salary cap. Garner and Costner were a good onscreen couple, both supporting and challenging each other. Denis Leary as Coach Penn, the new coach, was arrogant, fast talking and perfect for the role. Langella as the team owner reminded me of a typical rich guy who knows about business, but nothing about how things get done.
I really enjoyed Draft Day. It’s not just because I’ve learned to enjoy a good NFL game, but because I appreciated the level of hope and character demonstrated in the movie that even non-sports fans will be able to relate to. If you’re looking for a fun sports comedy/drama it’s worth checking out.