Undefeated is a film that documents the Manassas football team's journey to success. With underlying themes and raw emotion, this film is a strong ten. The opening to this film is the coach giving an encouraging pep-talk to his team. The director made this so that the audience can understand the true passion and determination the coach has. The biggest underlying theme is hard work. The coach is always pushing and encouraging his players. The director is also sure to pan images of the homes in North Memphis so that the audience can see what these boys come from. The camera angles used make the film seem more life-like and make the audience feels as if they are actually face to face with the coach and players. There is also another theme of pride. The coach always talks about how proud of the team he is, no matter the outcome of a game. The raw emotion of the coach and the players is seen when they lose the championship. The mood changes from hopeful and anxious to let down and disappointed. However, the coach gives another uplifting speech and says he wouldn't trade his team for the world because he is still proud of their effort and how they handle the loss. This scene is one of the most important in my opinion because it's a take-away scene. The players learn that even with continuous hard work, there are times where you will also fail. This film could be aimed at another audience of inner city school kids searching for a little inspiration. I think students attending other inner-city schools are the only ones that can truly understand that struggle. So this film would be wildly popular if shown to another inner city football team because they get it. However, inner-city school students are not the only people who would enjoy and take away from this film. Another potential audience could be any sports team coach. The coaching style of Bill Courtney is a unique style. Courtney acts almost as a father to his boys. In a scene with one of his players, "Money", he shows how much he cares about his players. The team has gathered to watch the film of their last game, Money and another boy get into a small fight and Money storms out. Well, Coach Courtney is not having that. Courtney goes to Money's house and explains to him how he must behave and how he must be a man about conflict. I think that Coach Courtney could have very well left Money to pout but Courtney decided to go that extra mile to reassure Money he is still a part of the team and he is still important despite what happened. In my opinion, this film was well put together. Undefeated is a classic feel-good movie but has the realistic element of defeat. The underlying themes of hard work and pride truly make the film all the better. Any audience would enjoy watching this movie more than once.
Action / Documentary / Sport
Action / Documentary / Sport
A documentary that follows the Manassas Tigers football team, a severely underfunded and underprivileged football team -- who were even hired out as a practice team for more successful schools -- as they reverse their fortunes, thanks to coach Bill Courtney.
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February 14, 2013 at 07:08 AM