Remember the Titans Reviews
Everything about the movie was great: the acting, the plot, the music; fine, I've seen this one too many times and I'm on the verge of throwing my TV out when I see it premiere on TBS for the billionth time, but if I took this movie in small doses, I'd be sane. lol
Coach Boone (Denzel Washington) and Coach Yoast (Will Patton) meet in the beginning of the movie and Coach Yoast shares his concern that his players won't play. Coach Boone then says that the best player will play, skin color doesn't matter. Coach Yoast then responds with, "Coach, I'm afraid that is the only thing that does matter right now." Coach Boone and Coach Yoast do an unbelievable job of balancing the effects of racism in developing these young football players into men. They use football to teach them to control their anger on the gridiron, but most importantly, in real life.
The moment that changes the team from a group of individual to an actual team is when Coach Boone takes them on a run through the woods to Gettysburg. He shares his feelings of how 50,000 men died on the very ground they were standing on fighting the same battle they were fighting today. Life is not necessarily about liking everyone you're around, but respecting them. That's all Boone asks from them, to help them become a group of men.
In the end of it all, this movie crosses more than one goal line and overcomes defeat. The Titans defy the odds and conquer defeat in the game of football, but more importantly, in the game of life.
The players eventually face a major decision: do they forget their hatred for the players of the other race in order to win or do they throw away a season out of this same hatred? Coach Boone hopes that if they see success on the field then they can overcome all the problems they face off of it. He uses many clever and inventive tactics in order to make the players realize that they aren't so different after all. One such tactic was taking the team on a pre dusk run to the Battle of Gettysburg memorial. The movie is a little predictable but the storyline and lessons taught overcome this. We begin to see high school kids overcome an issue that has troubled this country for decades and continues to do so today. There are many disturbing images such as racial slurs and riots that show us just how bad things used to be. The fact that these kids were able to put that all aside can truly be used as an inspiration to people of all ages and colors. With the great storyline and inspirational messages, Remember The Titans is a must see movie.