Fine Acting, Standard History Lesson
Reviewed by criddic2 for Invictus at 2011-03-07 19:38:06
Clint Eastwood is a great director, and "Invictus" doesn't hurt that record. It just isn't a masterpiece like "Unforgiven," "a Perfect World" or "Million Dollar Baby." It's a solid effort about an interesting event in history. Morgan Freeman is ideal casting as Nelson Mandela, and Matt Damon turns in a convincing performance as the captain of the rugby team Mandela uses as a way to unite South Africa. Worthwhile, but not great.
Eastwood is in fine form as the anti-hero reluctantly forced by fate to defend the weak and oppressed. I found the lack of acting skills by the supporting cast distracting, but the storyline and Eastwood more than make up for this.
This movie is destined to be a real classic - just an unforgettable depiction of the West, with much more grit and realism than any of Eastwood's cult spaghetti-western classics. There's nothing to say negative about this one - just WOW
What a fantastic film. Stellar score, stellar acting, stellar script. There is so much more going on in this film than what you'll find in any typical good "Western." One of the finest meditations on existential angst ever presented in any medium.