Remember the Titans Movie Review
Remember the Titans? No, I don't think I was even born when this movie took place. But will I remember the movie? Yes, but I remember just about every movie I see. But is this movie worth watching? Definitely yes.
Denzel Washington brings his magic to the screen once again as a hard ass coach brought in to lead a recently desegregated football in the early eighties. Against odds and stuck in the middle of a boiling situation, he must force his team of white and black guys to come together and do what they do - play football.
But Washington isn't the hero of the movie, nor is he really a star. When I look back on this movie I don't think for a moment about Washington's performance, or his overly tough character, or even his star power... I think of the script in general, the direction, and the strong supporting cast.
Will Patton is unbelievably strong as the white coach who, though facing the humiliation of being replaced by a black man, rises above the popular demand and joins Washington in doing what they both want to do - win. In fact, just about all of the characters/actors do a good job, bringing to life a much more lively and realistic team than in other recent football movies, namely Any Given Sunday and The Replacements. Of course, Remember the Titans deals with high school football while the other two named dealt with the big leagues, but the result is still much better than the other two combined. Any Given Sunday was too bleak for its own good, and The Replacements was too cheesy. Remember the Titans is funnier than The Replacements and much nicer to watch than Any Given Sunday.
For those looking for brutal football action, some may be satisfied with Titans, others might not. This is high school football and the movie itself deals more with the off field battles than the on field ones, but there are still some loud smacks and knockdowns. There are a lot of cool hits and plays, and luckily there isn't some cheesy strategy used in the final play of the final game.
If there is one thing I could change I would take out the little girl. First off, I saw this movie at Regal Cinemas, so I got to see the annoying Pepsi Girl strut her stuff through a Western saloon. When you sit through a minute and forty seconds of that and then sit through a two hour movie with this little football know-it-all, it gets rather tedious. Her character is supposed to be annoying but instead she's just obnoxious, and I was really hoping she was going to get hit in the head with a football.
Remember the Titans is a very entertaining movie to watch, both because of the football and the characters. The soundtrack doesn't hurt either, containing a number of classic songs that has compelled me to buy the CD for a change. There really isn't anything outstanding about this movie compared to any other sports movie, but it is funny, suspenseful, and dramatic, so you really can't lose. Remember the Titans won't be considered Denzel Washington's greatest feat, but it will be remembered for what it is - a fun movie.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.