The best-reviewed movie of 2017 is the one that’s about football.
“I’m going to have a tough time looking back at The Last Word as a must-watch,” said filmmaker Robert Zemeckis, who wrote the script.
“I think we’re at the very beginning of a new era of filmmaking, where movies are getting more interesting and more interesting.
But I think you’ll always have a hard time looking at a movie as something that’s going to be a big hit, like the last one, and say, ‘Oh my God, what are we going to do now?’
You can always say, we’re going to make another one, but we have to make it better.”
Zemeckies film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last week, is the story of a football coach named Jim Bob Cooter (Mark Wahlberg) and his staff of under-achieving recruits who, at the end of the day, find themselves a star in their own right.
The movie, written by the same scriptwriter who wrote “The Great Gatsby,” tells the story through the eyes of the team’s quarterbacks.
But the film is about football, not the sport.
That’s not to say that there are no elements of the movie that might have rubbed some people the wrong way.
The first film to be made exclusively for the Internet, “The Last Word” tells the stories of the players, coaches and players’ families through the prism of football.
The film is an homage to Cooter’s old team, the Cincinnati Bengals, who had a history of winning Super Bowls and winning championships while also trying to maintain the culture of the sport through the 1980s and 1990s.
(The film was shot in Cincinnati.)
“It’s an homage, I guess, to the great coach,” said film critic John Mulaney, who also reviewed the film.
“Jim Bob was a legend.
And I love that.”
Mulaney called the film “totally different” than previous movies made for the medium.
“It’s not like any of the other sports movies, where it’s about a team.
It’s not a sports documentary, like ‘The Last Picture Show,'” he said.
Instead, Mulaney said, “the movie’s about these guys trying to be great football coaches, but in the process, the team loses.”
For Mulaney and others, the film’s depiction of the franchise as a business was a touchy subject.
“The First Time,” which starred the likes of Ben Affleck and Jared Leto, also had a complicated relationship with fans.
The critics who were excited to see a Cooter-led film had to be concerned that the film would be viewed as a tribute to his legacy.
“The Last Time,” starring Aaron Eckhart, won the best picture Oscar in 1991 and was followed by “Gone With the Wind” in 1992.
But “The Road,” a sequel, didn’t win an Oscar until 2013.
The last time a Cocker-led movie won a major Oscar was in 2004 with “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,” which won best picture and best director.
“This is not a tribute, and it’s not an homage at all,” Mulaney wrote.
“There’s a lot of good stuff here, but there’s a very good film that’s got its own merits, its own way of telling the story, and that’s why I’m a fan,” Mulally said.
“If you like Cooter, you like this movie.
If you don’t, you’re missing something, and you can’t appreciate this film.”
I’m glad it’s going out there for the next generation,” Mulany said.