Starring: Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Frank Langella
Directed by: Ivan Reitman
Written By: Scott Rothman, Rajiv Joseph
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 1 hr 49 min
What is it with Kevin Costner and sports movies? There’s just something so credible about his performances, and it doesn’t matter which sport the movie is about. Baseball, football, golf! If the movie were about Tiddlywinks, Kevin Costner could make you believe he’s played the sport all his life, and cares passionately about it.
So I knew nothing about the draft day selection process, and I only have a basic understanding of the actual game of Football. I’ll call it football even though I’m from the UK and football to me means a sport where you actually kick the ball with your foot. But, I live in the US, so, when in Rome! 😉
I still enjoyed this film, despite not understanding a lot of the terminology being bandied about. I was still entertained even though I didn’t recognize a single sports personality, and judging by the IMDB page for Draft Day, there were a lot of people playing themselves. Despite a great deal of this movie’s subject matter flying over my head, I enjoyed Kevin Costner’s performance, and I found the actual draft day dealings fascinating.
Ivan Reitman’s direction is pretty by the numbers, and the script by Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph develops its story and characters well. The draft process isn’t explained in a huge amount of detail, but just enough for someone like me to understand the basic implications of the deals being made by these huge sports franchises.
I would say you don’t have to be a huge fan of football to enjoy this film, but having some rudimentary understanding of the game wouldn’t hurt. If you’re a fan of the game, you’re probably going to get more out of this, and enjoy spotting all the sports personality cameos.
This isn’t especially interesting visually, so I think you would enjoy this just as much at home with a regular DVD or streaming show on any device you like. If you don’t want to wait for the rental, a matinée showing is recommended.
Kevin Costner. The consummate sports movie actor!