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mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 21st, 2010 12:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Invictus

Did any other Australian or New Zealanders see Invictus today when it opened?

Saw it tonight in a reasonably well attended cinema, with South Africans and New Zealanders in the audience. I also have grown up on rugby union (and league), and even stayed up early in the morning to watch the actual World Cup Final live. So I was caring more than those not familiar with rugby union about whether they got the players right, the game right etc.

I really enjoyed the movie, though I can see why Americans both stayed away and loved it, and Matt's performance both pleased and non-plussed others. I've also read just about every review of the movie, read the original book by John Carlin, Pienaar's autobigraphy and many other reports etc.

I thought they got a lot of the rugby bits right, but others were very fake. Some small mannerisms at different times were very accurate, but many players (particularly Scott Eastwood and Grant Roberts) stood out as being in the wrong movie. And footage of the final game (which wasn't exciting to start with), was too long and monotonous. The last 20 or so minutes were just repeating the same scenes with the same people over again.

A lot of people complained about the music, but I didn't find it as bad as expected, and other small scenes were not worth the hate (preparation for the fly-over, ghost scene etc).

It was Eastwood's movie without interference, and I admire him for it, even though there are so many obvious flaws, particularly the stereotypical characters, amazing reconciliations, repetitive scenes, and the lack of character development (or complete absence of Pienaar's character or personality).

I admire Matt's accent, and thought he's never looked more appealing or attractive in a movie, even though he was photographed dreadfully in many scenes (bad lighting to make him look unattractive or old?) He's the stoic presence who leads by example and underplays the character beautifully.

Enough from me. Any other comments or reviews?
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