Sunday, April 13, 2014

“The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.”

“We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible”
― Vince Lombardi
     What is charisma? As defined by Merriam-Webster Online, the true definition of charisma is- a special charm or appeal that causes people to feel excited or attracted by someone, a special undefinable magnetism. Who has undeniable charisma? Former President Bill Clinton is an appropriate example of a politician who exudes Southern charm and leadership. Actors Carey Grant, Audrey Hepburn and Sidney Poitier still attract film audiences with their unparalleled talent and timeless grace. When we collectively sense someone has "IT" we are talking about the same alluring quality which attracts us even when we're unable to clearly define what "IT" is. Critique the new Ivan Reitman ( producer of Up in the Air, I Love You Man) directed film, Draft Day however your heart desires but there is no denying that actor, director and musician Kevin Costner radiates charisma. At 59 he is just as sexy and captivating in his role as Sonny Weaver Jr. as he was in Bull Durham, Tin Cup and Hatfields and McCoys. Yes, Kevin Costner is featured in yet another sports related film but before you roll your eyes, he does manage to breathe life into a surprisingly low impact NFL advertisement.  Uneasy friction and witty banter collide as co-stars, tenaciously beautiful Jennifer Garner, cocky yet endearing, Dennis Leary and versatile veteran actor Frank Langella keep us stimulated.
     If you grew up in northern Ohio you will appreciate the Cleveland Browns sports history references. The screenplay was written by playwright Rajiv Joseph (Bengal Tiger) and newcomer Scott Rothman. Is there any other team in the NFL more deserving of Rudy-esque underdog, triumph over adversity status elevation? Ask the exceedingly determined and loyal " Dawg Pound" what they think of Draft Day. The die-hard Dawgs never dreamed of trading their brown and orange jersey's for a Pittsburgh Steelers, Terrible Towel like half of the fans who abandoned the Browns. Cleveland continues to dream of a championship season in ANY of their professional franchises from the Cavaliers to the beloved Indians. As celebrated football coach Vince Lombardi once said, “We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible” 
       Draft Day scores an extra point for Reitmans fabulous direction plus families (PG-13) will enjoy being surprised by myriad guest appearances. As a birthday present  for my brother I would watch it again so we could share a laugh over Brownie bashing. Seriously, what more do you need? With its creative casting, clever charm and Costner's charisma, it's definitely hot in Cleveland. Draft Day may not charge down field to a legendary sports movie Super Bowl end zone but it does score a touchdown for good entertainment.