Mystery, Alaska Reviews
Weaknesses: While the hockey scenes are fantastic, they're few and far between. I understand having to build character in the non-sports scenes, but there were far too few. It led to a few boring lulls in the movie. Several characters have plotlines that kind of don't do much. For example, Mayor Scott R. Pitcher (Colm Melany) finds out that his wife Mary Jane (Lolita Davidovich) is sleeping with the team's notorious playboy, Skank (Ron Eldard) and though it gets resolved, you could've chucked it and missed nothing. Too much of things like that bog this down. Mike Myers (Donnie Shulzhoffer) gets a cameo that's supposed to be funny, but isn't at all.
Overall: It's a personal favorite sports movie of mine, but it's not without flaws. I like a good chunk of the characters, the sports scenes are fantastic, and the setting is great. With more of the stuff that worked replacing the parts that didn't, the movie would rank higher.
Acting - 5
Writing - 6
Dialogue - 6
Plot & Characterization - 6
Cinematography & Editing - 7
Soundtrack/Score & Set Design - 7
How much I enjoyed it personally - 5