Kevin Costner knows a thing or two about appearing in winning sports movies -- does he do it again with Draft Day?
Costner shined uttering those Bull Durham quotes, warmed our hearts in Field of Dreams, reinforced our Love of the Game and even had some fun with golf in Tin Cup.
As he told us in our Kevin Costner exclusive interview, football is actually his favorite sport. It’s just that there was never a film made that he felt right being a part of where he could play a player. In Draft Day, he is the general manager of the Cleveland Browns and you guessed it -- it’s a very big day in the organization.
There’s some background drama involving Costner’s family, his role with the team and a romance with Jennifer Garner’s team lawyer that all plays out as he works through his options as he readies for his team to make their first round pick.
It seems that the organization is suffering, their place in the city is in jeopardy financially (didn’t the Browns leave once already?) and a certain Browns quarterback (Tom Welling) is convinced that Costner is going to select a golden boy quarterback from the draft.
All this plays out as the clock ticks.
Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters, Dave) gets back in the directing chair for the first time since 2011’s No Strings Attached. And it is through his even hand that Draft Day somehow makes what could be the mundane activity of professional football teams selecting college players to improve their future seem thrilling.
This is one of the first films sanctioned by the NFL and Reitman shows us the love of the game on every frame. And it is clear that both Costner and Garner know their football and too are fans. The league, which in many ways could say it is now our national pastime in terms of popularity, could not ask for a better showcase than what we see even teased in the Draft Day trailer.
And here’s the other thing… you don’t have to be a fan of football to appreciate this story -- particularly in the film’s final riveting 25 minutes. The last act plays out like some of the great thrillers of our time. And what Costner does with his Browns and their picks on this Draft Day is, in reality, kind of unlikely.
But, then again, aren’t we supposed to have a certain amount of suspension of disbelief when we walk into a movie theater? If we wanted complete and utter reality, our Draft Day review says that we could turn on the news!
Can’t get enough of Costner sports movies? Watch Field of Dreams online and prepare to be amazed.