Sunday, April 13, 2014

Draft Day

You don’t have to be an American football aficionado to enjoy Director Ivan Reitman’s Draft Day.  It’s a story of negotiation and, if you’ve ever bought a house, car or any tag sale item, you’ll quickly pick up on what’s going on.  However, if you are a fan of the game, you’ll enjoy it even more, as evidenced by the moans and cheers of viewers commenting on the rightness or wrongness of some of the on-screen tactics.

Kevin Costner is excellent as Sonny Weaver, the General Manager of the Cleveland Browns, trying to build the team previously managed by his recently deceased father. He’s backed up by Jennifer Garner as his lover and assistant.  There are also a number of real-life draft participants, playing themselves.

Thanks to Writers Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph, we’re never lost in the machinations of the gamesmanship and are led on an exciting exercise of one-upsmanship.

I give Draft Day a 4 out of 5.

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