THE BOYS IN THE BOAT
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Callum Turner, Peter Guinness, Sam Strike, Luke Slattery, Hadley Robinson, Jack Mulhern, Thomas Elms, and James Wolk
Director: George Clooney
I’m an unashamed lover of underdog sports stories, movies based on true events, and movies based on books. Check, check, and check. The Boys in the Boat is quite a successful film translation by director George Clooney, even if the written form is more capable of developing characters and telling a satisfyingly complete tale. The only distracting note was an odd focus on the oar lock clamps, which had me predicting inevitable disaster, but definitely added to the racing scenes’ intensity. Even so, this is simply a feel-good sports drama with steady pacing that allows for an easily enjoyable ride.
I don't know what it is with George Clooney choosing to direct only the most forgettable scripts imaginable, but here we are again with The Boys in the Boat. The movie plays it aggressively by the numbers in terms of its presentation and its writing, and it’s as predictable as can be to a comedic degree. Some of the writing is particularly nonsensical too, especially towards the end. On top of that, even as an underdog story, I didn't feel anything. Clooney has better directing chops than this, and this is just another embarrassment for the director.