You know how it goes, the music swells, the screen goes to slow-mo, the camera focuses on one person in the crowd who yells ‘Let’s Go Team!’ & you are so in.
The entire movie up until now has been building the story, teaching you about the game, making you love some characters, & really dislike others.
There is no way this team can do this.
There’s a small chance, but no one believes it.
The whole town goes to cheer them on anyway.
A player is injured/got bad grades/had a family tragedy.
Now there’s really no chance of winning.
Oh my goodness.
They are doing it!
They are doing it!!
There’s a quick setback but now they really are.
Oh dear, one minute to go, they are down by a basket/goal/touchdown.
It’s just not possible.
Someone completely unexpected just did something completely unexpected!!!
They did it!!
& we, watching this on the screen are charmed, we are pulled in, we are on the team, too, we won, too. The magic of sports movies is that even when we know the outcome because it’s based on true events/actual Olympic history/totally obvious we are still all in. Being part of the team, even as an observer is intoxicating, it’s emotional & it’s fun.
It's not predictable, it's dependable.
Bring on the swelling music, we are ready to laugh/cry/cheer!
Now, get ready to add a new sports movie to the list:
Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family's past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what's worth fighting for, and discover that nothing's more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can't escape your history. The film releases in theaters on Wednesday, November 21. #CreedII