Good movie. Good message, well done overall. They are getting better at this with Christian movies. Lots I could say about the movie and how well acted/written or not. Besides the movie, the most interesting thing last night was the trailer for God's Not Dead 2, coming in March 2016, and starring Melissa Joan Hart as the lead character--a teacher who innocently quotes a bible verse in class and the whole legal system goes berserk with every Christian nightmare scenario made into visual cliche. But, you still have to love that song, and I do.
Back to Woodlawn--see it. It is too easy to pan this movie. It was GOOD. But, knowing Alabama, knowing who the people are who were portrayed in the movie, license was obvious. A dozen things you could easily point to and say, "that never happened" or "that was not like that in 1973" and the like. Some of it you would not know unless you were familiar with HERE. It was hard for me to watch around some of that, and I did not expect it. I kinda ruined part of it for myself but couldn't avoid it.
Things I enjoyed: Jon Voight as Bear Bryant. Very tame, but made the Alabama football fans happy. "You won't win one of these at Auburn," Voight as Bear told Tony Nathan while clinking a national championship ring on a glass of tea. Again, Bear looking at an Auburn coach who was at a game scouting Nathan: "They'll let anybody in here." Stuff like that.
If you are an Alabama fan and remember Coach Bryant (I still have two original newspapers from the day he died in 1983), you like that. And I did.
Caleb Castille as Nathan. Kid did a really good job. His story of how he got the part three days before filming started is very cool. This kid is a Christian who played at Alabama and his dad, Jeremiah, is a minister and Bama legend and former NFL player.
Also, kid named Blake Burgess -- son of Rick Burgess who is host of the regionally popular Rick n Bubba morning radio show -- and who played a little off the bench at Auburn did a terrific job as a teammate of Nathan's.
The guy who played Jeff Rutledge, the rival school QB to Nathan's school and who played QB at Bama with Nathan in the late 70s (and the NY Giants in the NFL later), did okay too. Jeff Rutledge is a publicly stiff and nice guy and the kid who played him acted like he had seen film of Rutledge when he was doing the Alabama coach's show with Mike Shula 10 - 12 years ago. Nailed it.
Go see it with your family. Feel good story. Some really nice moments. Exceptionally good football scenes but you know how those are.