Sometimes basketball coaches and troubled young players need each other more than they realize.
Why I Saw It: Ryan Gosling is a talented actor, and while I can’t decide whether he’s on my “seek out” list or not, he certainly seems worthy of the research.
What Was It About? A basketball-coaching high school history teacher tries to help one of his students escape the trappings of the inner-city drug culture while he struggles with addiction.
Rating: 7.8 out of 10
Memorable Performances: This was a great performance from Ryan Gosling, on par with everything else I’ve seen from him aside from Lars And The Real Girl, which is still probably his best role. Shareeka Epps also does a great job, and I’ll be keeping an eye out for more from her.
Potential Nominations for Film Quest ’12:
- Best Actor – Ryan Gosling
- Best Supporting Actress – Shareeka Epps
Favorite Parts: I felt like the scene where Gosling’s character goes to talk to Anthony Mackie’s character was excellent, avoiding typical conventions of storytelling and adding more depth to Gosling’s character. Some of the classroom stuff was great, as was the scene where it all culminates for both of the main characters.
The Regrettable Aspects: The ending just didn’t do it for me. There should’ve been more, much more. It could’ve been far more uplifting, and yet it just felt unfinished.
Would I watch it again? Maybe. It was a slow moving film without many “uplifting” aspects to it, so I can’t see myself approaching this one again anytime soon.
To Whom Would I Recommend It? To anyone who really wants to know what kind of talent Ryan Gosling has, I’d name this as one of the main films they should be watching.
Next up, Harsh Times.