SPIRIT OF THE GAME REVIEWED
“Spirit of the Game” is another inspirational sports flick that tangentially tries to impact the 1956 Summer Olympics. While you do get basketball action and some Olympics coverage, it focuses a ton on recent Mormon history. I use “history” so loose, as it’s more historical trappings smothering a story about a young Mormon man just trying to put his relationships back together. Kevin Sorbo shows up as the token guy that inspires our hero to become better. It’s not offensive to liberals, but it doesn’t tug on the mind at all.
Honestly, if the movie would’ve stayed entirely in Australia and focused on a missionary in another culture…we could’ve had a movie. As it is, it feels like a prolonged TV special that never finds its voice. The religious crowd will love it and everyone else will avoid it. I’d recommend taking the time to attempt a viewing.
- 1.78:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby Digital 5.1
RELEASE DATE: 2/7/17
- Video - 86%86%
- Audio - 86%86%
- Supplemental Material - 86%86%
- Film Score - 85%85%
The Plot Thus Far
A never-before-told chapter in Olympic history comes to life in this inspirational sports drama that follows a group of young missionaries traveling in Australia who are recruited to help the fledgling Australian national basketball team compete in their first Olympics. In doing so, they help unite a nation still reeling from the aftermath of World War II..