"Invincible" is definitely entertaining and I recommend it to fans of films such as "Rudy" or "Hoosiers," but it's by no means a classic.
What makes a sports film a classic is attention to detail, but the movie's coaching staff drops the ball and fictionalizes aspects of Papale's life. I did some research and realized that many important facts were left out. In my opinion, it wasn't necessary and the film loses credibility in favor of dramatic license. It's like the studio didn't feel Papale's life was exciting enough, so they changed the truth.
Using Disney's logic, the next feel-good sports movie could be about the 1984 Chicago Cubs. Just change a few minor details and have them win the World Series. Bill Murray could star as Harry Caray.
There are numerous continuity mistakes but most people won't notice. Football purists will catch them. For example, the movie takes place in 1976 but a lot of the players wear modern face masks. The oversights are not that big of a deal but it does make it fun to try and find the flubs.
My favorite part was the music. The early '70s soundtrack takes the viewer down memory lane and this adds a nice touch to the production. The Disney music department did their homework and dug deep for some musical gems.
The movie is rated PG because of on-field violence. If you have children who play football, turn off the Xbox and take them to the movies. It's family friendly.
Matt's post-game report: "Invincible" is a solid picture but I'd rather watch a real game than pay to see a fake one.
MATT BELLNER is an actor from Burbank. In 1992, Matt had a tryout for the Detroit Lions but did not make the team.