Tuesday, August 16

The Greatest Game Ever Played with Shia LaBeouf

Golf lovers prepare to be thrilled; for the rest of us, it's a movie that will introduce you to golf and the love of the game, but more importantly, will remind of what is great about America.

This movie is a classic worth watching a couple times at the theater, and then taking it home for the collection. The script is superb, and the story keeps you on the edge of your seat up to the end. Joshua Flitter as Eddie Lowery steals the screen and provides a little tension relief with his good natured funny lines! Frankly, I felt like he stole the spotlight from LaBeouf, and was the true star of the movie. Shia LaBeouf did a great job in playing the even-tempered, well-mannered and focused Francis Ouimet and made the character and the game believable. The movie keeps you holding your breath with each round, and brings tears to your eyes with an ending that brings the various characters to a solid conclusion.

Shia LaBeouf in Disney's The Greatest Game Ever Played - 2005

The movie will be opening in theaters on September 20th, 2005. Make sure to support good movies and watch it on opening weekend. It is a perfect movie to take the whole family. The movie does what all good movies should do--it stands on a great story, and doesn't detract from it with foul language. This is definitely a family friendly movie. Here is the synopsis from movies.yahoo.com.
An amateur player from a working class family, Francis Ouimet (Shia LaBeouf) shocked the golf world when at the 1913 U.S. Open, flanked by his 10-year-old caddie, he defeated his idol, the defending British champion Harry Vardon (Stephen Dillane). An unlikely match-up - the ingénue versus the seasoned champ - theirs was the greatest match the sport had ever known. Caught between a world of hardship and a beckoning life of privilege, Francis needed to prove his unfailing will and ability to make it to the tournament. Elias Koteas plays Francis' tough, hardworking father. Newcomer Peyton List is Sarah Wallis, the beautiful young woman, who catches Francis' heart. Joshua Flitter is Eddie Lowery, the pint sized caddie who helps Francis find his way through the troublesome fairways to victory. Watch the trailer for The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)
This is the story about the greatest game ever, but the truth is, to me it was about the story of the greatest nation ever. I love how the story weaves the class struggle America faced in its formative years and the contrast between the pompous nobility and the working class American. While the British empire maintained their class distinctions between the so-called nobility and the working class, America fought and progressed towards giving the average man and woman a chance to shine and rise above his or her condition. Albeit, it took us a while to learn this lesson fully, but this process and struggle is the story of our young nation. This movie illustrates the calling of America on the poor and the worthless to come to this great nation and make something of themselves. This is what America is made off.

Let us know make the incredible error of rejecting our historical roots and our open doors to immigrants, as we debate the issues and problems of illegal immigrations. We cannot err in turning our back to those that have for centuries made America what it is--a land of hard work, of possibilities, of dreams and of hope.
Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
America came into the scene of world events, and radically changed the course of history. A rag tag group of farmers fought and sent home packing the great army of the nobility. And then they aspired to start a great nation, based upon the concept of freedom and rights given by the creator--not titles or land purchased with gold. At the height of the British Empire, America became great on the backs of hard working average men and women, and showed the world what dreams where made off. Only in the United States of America can a poor child dream of being a rich man. Only in this country can anyone define who they are with hard work, regardless of where they came from.

In conclusion, The Greatest Game Ever Played is an inspirational movie that will give you hope, and remind you of the dreams that, no matter what, are still within your reach. This is what is great about this country.

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