When The Game Stands Tall Is An Enjoyable Movie, Despite Its Manipulativeness
Have you ever watched something, be it a movie or TV show, and knew you were being manipulated? And I don’t necessarily mean that in a bad way. All media—including news, much to my dismay—is designed to elicit a reaction from the persons viewing it.
Though what separates great filmmakers from the merely good is that those that we admire the most are fluent in the language of controlling reactions.
Which means that, as a viewer you just roll with it, as opposed to feeling hoodwinked and cheated somehow.
For instance, if you’ve seem Guardians of the Galaxy, there’s a scene involving Groot at the end of the movie that’s very cute, and designed to evoke certain feelings.
And it works, because you’re so into the movie that you barely notice that you’re being played.
In other words, Thomas Carter is a good director, but not a great one because When The Game Stands Tall, taken as a whole is for a lot of its running time blatantly obvious in its intentions.
Which isn’t to imply that the movie isn’t sometimes thrilling, inspirational, or even sublime, but only that it tries too hard, when it would have been better off chronicling what happened in a less partial fashion, and let viewers come to their own conclusions about everyone involved.