I just watched George Clooney’s film (he directed) “The Boys in the Boat.”
My spouse did not want to watch it, declaring it to be “too predictable.”
I wanted to see Joel Edgerton in action as the coach, and the lead actor playing Joe Rantz (Callum Turner) was a new star, for me. He’s British and the Brits have been saying he is “the star of tomorrow” since 2014, which is 10 years ago. He’s 34 now (born in 1990) so perhaps a better title would be “the men in the boat.”
I did notice that the pictures at the end of the movie featuring the real Washington crew were all very handsome young men. They had great teeth, The love story between Joe Rantz (Callum Turner) and Joyce Simdars (Hadley Robinson) was nicely done.
The cinematography was also wonderful, although all of the close-ups on the oar locks made me think that one of them was going to give way at a crucial moment.
The “boys in the boat” were the crew members who journeyed to Hitler’s Germany for the 1936 Olympics. I have watched another documentary about how piqued Hitler was when Jesse Owens performed so brilliantly, defeating his Aryan athletes.
We know how this movie comes out before it even starts. In that regard it reminds of the movie about space launches where we know whether the launch went well or poorly.
My husband was right that it was “too predictable,” but it was still worth a look.
It cost $19.99 to rent “The Boys in the Boat.”
Maybe wait till it comes down in price.