Maurice Richard (The Rocket) Reviews
April 27, 2009
Pascal Dupuis is in this!!! Gotta see it!!! LOL
June 14, 2013
A relatively boring and dry film. As someone who doesn't care about hockey, the story and the acting left a lot to be desired. The story was hard to follow and boring and uninteresting. It was just a mediocre film in the end. Unless you are a huge Canadians fan or a big hockey fan I can't reccommend this.
May 26, 2013
4/5 This was a pretty good movie, added it to my favs. It got a bit choppy and starts to jump around in the timeline, but it's still pretty good. One of the better hockey movies I've seen, definitely in my top 5 of hockey movies
March 19, 2013
Possibly the best biography movie of anybody!! Well acted and visually engaging, The Rocket proves that great movies doesn't need a Hollywood superstar!
September 15, 2006
Such an excellent movie! I think it might the single best Hockey movie that I've ever seen!
September 8, 2012
An amazing hockey film, chronicling the rise of a hockey legend that gave hope to French-Canadians in the mid 20th Century. With actual French-Canadian NHL players on-screen, it is very authentic. The story is an inspiring, emotional epic. As far as hockey films go, this The Rocket always has a place among the top of the list.
May 22, 2012
Solid sports drama that ends up feeling just a bit to generic. Stephen McHattie ftw.
April 30, 2012
Instructif, pour qui n'a pas grandi au QuÃ (C)bec. Belle photographie, les jeux de hockey sont super bien rendus, Roy Dupuis est trÃ¨s bon.
April 25, 2012
Très bien, Roy Dupuis est crédible, Julie LeBreton un peu moins. Ça vaut la peine pour la dernière demi-heure.
January 6, 2012
Maurice Richard (the Rocket)
It was a very well done movie. the thing that i liked the most from it was how it or in the English version, combined both languages in to the movie and i think that i was very clever if them to do so. another thing i liked was seeing today's NHL play the rolls of the great legends of the Original 6. like Vincent Leacaviler played Jean Belleavu or most notable is Sean Avery playing Bob Dill (the guy who fights with him in Madison Square Garden.) Roy Dupuis gave a good performance as Le Rocket, and a marvelous one to say the least. the other stuff id liek to say about this is that the sets and props are very well done, like the Uniforms of the teams at the time were spot on and the stadiums were to. i give this the top score even though im not a fan of Les Canadians (Sens fan) but is was a very great 2hrs that i never want back
June 27, 2011
I don't know much about Hockey, but like any good sports movie The Rocket doesn't really require me too other than a basic knowledge of how it works. I do know however that any player who's name is an award given to most goals scored in said sport is probably a legend, and if you're a sports legend especially an obscure one that the average man probably hasn't heard of than there's money to be made in an Oscar Bait biopic and thus are born movies like these. Because no matter how uninteresting the subject, the fact is they are a legend and so at the very least the accomplishments should make things exciting. Furthermore people are unfamiliar with the facts if its an obscure sport so they're more likely too see such a movie not knowing the full story anyways and you can if necessary take more liberties with it. But nonetheless cynicism must be dispelled when it comes to Canadians and Hockey and it's probably not irrational to assume that things are truly being done for the love of the sport and not money. Canadians have destroyed entire cities over the outcomes of Hockey Games and this French-English biopic is authentically Canadian and at least claimed to set out to tell the whole true story. But from a film making standpoint did this prove worthwhile? Or is it just a sick indulgence from a nation with an unhealthy love of an icy blood sport? Let's take a mother puckin' look.
The film is about French speaking, Montreal, NHL player Maurice Richard (Roy Dupuis who is so damned stone faced I can't tell if he's a great or just god awful actor) who is widely regarded as the greatest player the league has ever seen due to the sheer amount of goals he scored and tremendous physical obstacles he over came through skilled skating. Richard was significantly smaller than the average hockey player and had a weak bone structure as well but he overcame all this as well as a prejudice the league had towards French speaking Canadian players to become one of the greats and blah, blah, blah. I'm sorry, it's great he overcame all this but this is about all of interest this story has to say and we've heard it all a million times before. The man has no troubles at home and indeed has an exceptionally loving and devoted wife Lucille (Julie Le Breton who goes through the motion of silent suffering athlete wife). He has minor disagreements with his hard ass coach the American Mr. Norchet (Michel Barrette who is equally uninspired) but nothing out of the ordinary in fact the coach seems stern but very supportive. Here the movie falls short as it shows the fact that Richard is really good at hockey is about the bulk of what it has to actually say.
Don't get me wrong there's plenty of subtext here and buried under all the hockey is a story of a minority over coming some deep rooted racism inherent in the NHL at the time but the lack of passion due to the movie's deep desire to get the facts straight makes it feel like nothing but Hockey. Now don't get me wrong the film captures in Charles Biname is capable hands the feeling of hockey exceptionally well and the stunts are so beautifully choreographed that while I know nothing of hockey or skating techniques I could appreciate that at least the Richard the film portrays here had some serious moves. Not only that but there are two moments of typical hockey gone bad violence that I really enjoyed and got a laugh out of the viewing audience I saw this with but I believe it's because it was a break from all the skating and talking. But still as a period piece the film is beautifully handled and makes me want to see more by the Director which saddens me this is his only widely released film and even this wasn't that widely released. There are a lot of brilliantly composed shots in here and the sets seem authentic enough which more than makes up for the lack of much to say and the lackluster ordinary performances.
I won't say this is a bad movie but it has some serious glaring flaws, such as its over zealous desire to be factually accurate making it at times incredibly uninteresting. I found the life of Maurice Richard to be ultimately fascinating but here a little too in depth which made the cheesy moments of triumph and the pretentious shout outs seem all the more glaring and annoying. At the end of the day a sports movie doesn't have to be about the best of the best to be an amazing genre defining film and this movie proves the inverse is also true. The movie will keep your interest all the way through and many times even entertain you but when you ultimately realize how little it has to say it will go as quickly as it came out of your memory. Still I imagine for hockey fans this is a must see particularly fans of Richard and for everyone else there are worse ways to spend your time.
December 13, 2010
As it focuses on Richard the man, and not just Richard the hockey player, this film should hold interest even for those who know very little about the sport. Beautifully shot; great secondary characters. It all seems a bit... heavy at times, but I guess that makes sense given the amount of work Richard had to do both in and out of the NHL.
November 12, 2010
A good film about a famous Canadian hockey player during 1942-1960 career with the Montréal Canadiens. The facts were established in this film but it was plain and not that exciting. A real disappointment.
April 23, 2010
Tougher and tougher.
June 19, 2007
If I were a hockey fan I might see this as Richard is a legend among hockey fans. But I'm not as much a hockey fan. I used to be a sportswriter, however, so I may get around to it.
November 4, 2009
To understand the story of Maurice Richard is to understand history of Hockey and Canada. This movie captures both nicely, from the tensions between english and french canadiens to the Habs and their problems with the league. The dynamics and visuals of the movie are stunning, recreatinos of the original 6's arenas, to the fact that each player could skate and play the game (which is why the directors chose to showcase NHL stars rather than normal actors). Definitely a great movie for history buffs and fans of Les Canadiens
August 9, 2009
True story of a great man and a Hero... An inspirable movie and a must see !
July 25, 2009
Pretty good because it tells a good story. My overall rating is a 5/10.
March 14, 2009
I'm not a hockey fan by any means but thanks to my French 1 class I've become much more knowledgeable on "The Rocket" and I really enjoyed doing so.
February 9, 2009
i wanna see it because it sound interrestuing