HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Last Warrior, The
Artemis 81
Rampage
Quiet Place, A
Braven
Changeover, The
Isle of Dogs
Funny Cow
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Mad to Be Normal
Beast of Burden
Dead Men Walk
Game Night
Under the Tree
L'Amant Double
Gonin
Coco
Producers, The
Molly's Game
Forest of the Lost Souls, The
Hatchet III
Birdman of Alcatraz
Pacific Rim: Uprising
Wonderstruck
If It Ain't Stiff, It Ain't Worth a Fuck
Nun, The
Red Sparrow
My Friend Dahmer
Journeyman
Heat, The
   
 
Newest Articles
Players of Games: Willy Wonka, Tron and Ready Player One
What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round? The Ends of The Monkees
Flings and Arrows: Conquest vs Flesh + Blood
Orson Around: F for Fake and The Late Great Planet Earth
ITC What You Did There: Retro-Action on Blu-ray
And It Was the Dirtiest Harry We Have Seen in a Very Long Time: The Dirty Harry Series
Manor On Movies: The Astounding She Monster
Manor On Movies: Don't be a dolt. That's not a cult (movie)
Wes Anderson's Big Daddies: Steve Zissou and Others
Bad Taste from Outer Space: Galaxy of Terror and Xtro
A Yen for the 1990s: Iron Monkey and Satan Returns
Hey, Punk: Jubilee and Rock 'n' Roll High School
Help! with The Knack: Richard Lester in 1965
Roll Up, Get Yer Free Cinema: The Shorts on the BFI Woodfall Blu-rays
Time for Heroes: The Dam Busters and How I Won the War
   
 
  Goal! Every Dream Has A Beginning Buy this film here.
Year: 2005
Director: Danny Cannon
Stars: Kuno Becker, Tony Plana, Stephen Dillane, Marcel Iures, Anna Friel, Miriam Colon, Alessandro Nivola, Jorge Cervera, Sean Pertwee, Cassandra Bell, Donald Li, Kate Tomlinson
Genre: Drama
Rating:  7 (from 1 vote)
Review: With the World Cup just around the corner, most eyes of the world will be focused on their TV screens to watch their favorite country compete in the world’s most popular sport. But to wet the spirit of soccer (or football if you’re outside the USA) fans the rousing Goal! makes for spirited entertainment as a precursor to the tournament. The story, which could be likened to most any sports film, offers an underdog, in this case Santiago Munez (Kuno Becker) a talented player stuck in between his dream to play in the big leagues and his father’s (Tony Plana) dream to have their own father and son gardening business. As luck would have it, a former soccer star and scout Glen Foy (Stephen Dillane) spots Santiago during a pickup game in Los Angeles and recognizes his talent. Foy so thoroughly believes in the kid’s talent that he wakes up his old employer in England to promise that the kid would get a tryout if he came to England. Santiago saves up enough money to catch a flight only to have his dad snake the money for “their” business. Luckily Santiago has a generous grandma who doesn’t want to see his dream die. So he heads off to England, Newcastle to be exact, where he flops on his first tryout and his second, third, etc. But people believe in Santiago so much that eventually he makes the team. Toss in some light family conflict, some English clubbing scenes and a sweet English lass and the film offers a hearty kick.

Unlike so many sports films this one not only keeps a fast pace with the on-field action but with the conflicts as well. Several times this film could have gotten overly melodramatic and mushy but director Danny Cannon (I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, Judge Dredd) keeps the action flowing. Not that many soccer films have cluttered the cinemas (Victory, Bend it Like Beckham) but this one rises above the others like a floating corner kick. The film benefits from almost documentary like realism. Cannon got permission from FIFA to shoot footage in many of the stadiums and it shows. The locations not only add to the authenticity but the excitement as well. Even the big stadium scenes pack the audience right in with the boisterous crowd. Too many times sports films offer a canned look to them especially during big action moments but here they offer the real deal. It doesn’t hurt that soccer superstars such as Alan Shearer, David Beckham, and Raul Gonzalez slide in and out of the film. Even the drills and practices at the Newcastle practice pitch offer an air of realism. Cannon has cleverly set up this first part of a trilogy around the World Cup where he will gather more footage for the second and third installments. Cameron obviously has a love for soccer and film so the realism should only increase. Although this film lacks the sheer intensity of a Rocky or Karate Kid and offers a standard story line it’s still creates enough realism to reach its goal.

Reviewer: Keith Rockmael

 

This review has been viewed 3422 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which film has the best theme song?
Spectre
The Ups and Downs of a Handyman
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
  Robert Segedy
Darren Jones
  Asma Amal
  Chris Lawrence
Enoch Sneed
George White
Stately Wayne Manor
   

 

Last Updated: