With American awareness in soccer (or football as the rest of the world calls it) growing, some may want to know what the deal with some of the bigger teams are. Chelsea, Barcelona, Arsenal... It could be a bit of a headache for some newcomers. United is a narrative story about Manchester United, one of the more popular teams of today, and how a devastating plane crash in the 50s forced the team to pull itself back together. The primarily British casting may scare the Americans away, but have no fear, the movie has been made for any English speaking audience in mind.
The movie is a roller-coaster ride of emotions, from ambitious soccer player's Bobby steady gain in courage and self esteem to join the team, to Coach Jimmy's (played by Dr. Who's David Tennant) heartbreaking attempts at staying calm as he watches more than half of his team either die or learn they may never play again due to an injury. The movie is easy to relate to, with no actual soccer playing having any screen-time, even those with merely a passing interest in the sport may find themselves engaged. The film is not without its faults, the soccer team that Bobby grows up with is somewhat overwhelming, with many characters and not enough time to truly get to know them, and some may feel it ends abruptly without a satisfying ending. Regardless, United achieves a human element that is absent in most films, and that alone makes it worth the watch.