'Invictus': Your thoughts.

December 8, 2009
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Clint Eastwood's latest directorial effort, "Invictus," was screened last night for a nearly full house, many of whom were IBJ Night at the Movies ticket winners.

Were you among them? What did you think?

For those unfamiliar, the film concerns Nelson Mandela's efforts to use South Africa's World Cup rugby efforts to unify his nation. It stars Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.

I'll hold off on my comments until others have chimed in.

Your thoughts?

  • Invictus- Not as good as expected
    The previews for this movie made it seem like it was a MUST see. Morgan Freeman did a good job of playing Nelson, but all other actors were just okay. Nothing to make me encourage others to pay a $9.50 ticket price. However, good for a dollar redbox rental.
    • A little too slow and repetitive at key points
      Overall, this was an enjoyable movie, as I know little about both rugby, and more importantly, that period of South African history.

      Not great, but a longish feel good movie about the potential of mending long-harbored racial wounds.
    • Invictus
      If you are looking for a clean, feel-good movie, then this is a must-see. I really enjoyed it!
    • Invictus
      The movie moved quickly. I listened intently for quotable phrases - forgiveness, control your soul. It should challenge your own precepts - whether you hold them for a good reason or "hand-me-down" thinking. Another great learning - rise above the fray and your circumstances to do something great...you don't have to be status quo. I would see it again to hear/gain inspiration.
    • Invictus
      First thank you Lou for allowing me to see this movie. The whole movie was weel potrayed and if Morgan Freeman and Clint Eastwood do not get an Oscar nod than shame on the committee!!!!
    • Invictus
      I di not get the ticket from you but will tell you that I enjoyed the movie. Morgan Freeman played the part well and honestly felt the character. Clint Eastwood made the movie for families to enjoy and learn about that tome in South Africa. Most of us don't know much about Rugby. The movie held my interest.
    • Invictus- Not as good as expected
      The movie was good. They picked good actors for the actors we have today. Everyone settled into their part wonderfully.
    • More Than Rugby
      This Eastwood-directed motion picture is what I would call "steady." This film presents its subject matter in an even fashion.

      By this I mean it does not foist upon the viewer contrived emotion or over-the-top dialogue.

      Instead, it offers the story in an intelligent manner that makes it incumbent upon the movie fan to react, feel, respond and interpret how to process it through his or her own veil of life experience.

      Certainly, you expect a particular ending from this film.

      It is the discoveries along the journey that make this picture poetry in motion.

      Four stars.
    • invictus
      I did not know much about Rugby. However; it is a ruthless game and I'm glad that in my younger years I was not involved. I found the film very informative about South Africa at that time.
    • Slightly disappointing
      It was definitely a feel good movie. I felt like there were a few too many subliminal messages about Obama in there for my taste.
    • Grand
      I looks like I'm in the minority here. I really liked this and I was surprised by it. I know Clint Eastwood is a very good director, but I loved how this movie approached the concept of inspiration and how to effectively do it. Freeman and Damon are amazing and the rugby scenes were truly exciting thanks to the camera being right in the action. I recommend it.
    • Invictus
      I think this was an enjoyable movie that made me want to find out more about modern day South Africa and how things are going. Thank God for Nelson Mandela
    • Thumbs up.
      First, thanks for the ticket, Lou. I'm a bit surprised at the lackluster response. While this wasn't exactly edge of your seat stuff (except that airplane scene), the movie was a good story, well told. The little sparkle behind the Mandela characters eyes made me smile. The scene where he's dancing was a delight. I thought Matt Damon played his character appropriately cluelessly, which was kinda endearing.

      Here's what I found to be the most unsettling part of the screening - getting metal detected going into the theater, and then having them stop the film mid-stream to announce an emergency. Weird!

      I'm recommending this movie to families with kids who love sports stories. I like the remarkable lack of vulgarity, even tho I have to say, rugby is some pretty gruesome stuff.

      Again, thanks for the opportunity.
    • Invictus
      movie started out slow but ended with a good leason. Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon appropriately casted with excellant performance. Enjoyed this movie as much as I had hoped to. Thank you.

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