We Are Marshall

Rated 2.0

We Are Marshall The true-life story of We Are Marshall takes a different angle than most underdog sports films: What is a university (and town) to do when almost its entire football team is killed in a plane crash? It’s 1970, the school is Marshall University, and the town is Hamilton, W.V. When the decision is made to revive the football program, Matthew McConaughey, who volunteers as head coach, enters the picture. From here on out, much of the movie feels like a pep talk, as McConaughey schmoozes his way through putting a team of players and coaches together. Subtlety is obviously not director McG’s strong point, as every message is hammered home. Again and again and again. Matthew Fox, as the coach who didn’t get on the plane, does a good job of underplaying his grief, but he somehow still turns out cheesy in the end. The most engaging part of the film by far is during the end credits, which show the actors and their real-life counterparts. But one can’t help but leave the theater thinking there is more depth to their story than is portrayed in this film