Jerry Maguire Reviews
I pretty much adore every moment of Jerry Maguire that is actually about Tom Cruise being a sports agent. Perhaps it is the fact that I like professional sports and I connect with that world, or perhaps it is the fact that they got actual athletes to appear and licensed real NFL teams and other stuff like that, or maybe it?s simply the fact that Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding Jr. are electric on screen together. I don?t think Gooding Jr. is making some world-class performance, but he plays it so big and entertaining that it contrasts perfectly with what Cruise is doing. No matter what it is, I find myself thoroughly engaged in those parts of the film, and I?m always surprised they get me to root for an agent.
My struggle with Jerry Maguire has been and always will be the same thing, and that?s the romance. Cruise?s connection with Jonathan Lipnicki is adorable, and naturally I don?t complain about that aspect. However, I?m constantly annoyed with the relationship between him and Renee Zellweger. It frustrates me because it always feels like a distraction from the parts that I am enjoying. I can?t totally put my finger on why I dislike these scenes so much, but it?s like they took what was a decent B-story about Jerry?s love life and tried to transition that into the A-story. Despite these nagging issues, I?ll admit that Jerry Maguire is a high quality film that I?m glad saw again now in order to reassess.
The story has sports agent Jerry Maguire (Cruise) having a moment of realization: maybe his life sucks, and he wants to be good to his life. He then writes a memo chronicling the most important things in life, and it goes over well. Until Jerry gets fired for it; he basically set his ego ablaze. Because of this, Jerry now only has one client: Rodney "Rod" Tidwell (Gooding Jr.), who is very picky with what he wants from Jerry. He also has a girlfriend named Dorothy (Zellweger), who has a very optimistic son, and tries to help Jerry as much as she can. Now, with his world going topsy turvy, Jerry tries to make the best out of this world. Even with a single goldfish to handle.
"Jerry Maguire" is an interesting film to watch. For one thing, the direction is good, and Crowe manages everything very well. This does include the cast, as each actor and actress do a great job with the performances and roles they inhabit. What's ironic about the movie in general, is that there is no orchestrated soundtrack, and that adds a bit of cleverness to the film. Finally, the story has a nice contemporary feel to it. It has a sense of realism with our main characters going through some major consequences, but there is a lighthearted tone to the film, which makes easy to understand what our characters are going through. Anybody watching this movie will get a sense of what is going on.
With that being said, there are some major problems with the film. As stated in the above paragraph, the usage of popular songs is not a bad idea, however, by using an orchestrated composition, the movie would have benefited greatly. The story, while nice, does feel a little corny by today's standards. Or better yet, more awkward than what is normally seen in movies of today. Watch the movie again, and ask yourself if you feel a little awkward by what is happening. But the biggest problem that that the film commits is with the pacing. The editing itself isn't bad, but the entirety of the film moves very slow, and it progresses like a snail. The movie does reach a conclusion, but it takes a long time to actually get there.
In conclusion, "Jerry Maguire" may have its fair share of flaws, but it does compensate for letting a contemporary story affect people in real situations. Even with sports and a goldfish on their minds.
Some of the ancillary characters did feel like common tropes; however, the acting and directing kept them from being a distraction.
This is a guaranteed classic with a feel good ending.