‘Draft Day’ Movie Review: Kevin Costner strikes out with this football bomb
Kevin Costner is now so far from Bull Durham and Field of Dreams, that associating him with a sports film, let alone a good one, seems almost impossible.
Draft Day is so uninteresting, Tin Cup looks like an Oscar candidate.
Sonny (Kevin Costner), the General Manager of the Cleveland Browns, struggles to get the number one draft pick for his failing franchise…and Sonny NEEDS to turn his team around to be winners. Football fanatics may enjoy the tedious efforts at drama here: will he get the pick, will some steal it away, should he trade?
Personally, it was more fun to catch cameos by Jim Brown, Bernie Kosar or the real-life Browns CEO Joe Banner than it was to endure the “hype” and “excitement” of draft day. (NOTE: Banner is now leaving the Browns organization, BBJ The Dispatch)
Just to reiterate, this Moneyball ripoff/wannabe just can’t find any footing and the first half is boring.
If we add-in the distracting romantic subplot between Costner and Garner (yes, it seems unlikely onscreen as well) mixed with cliche family drama, Draft Day becomes another embarassment for the Browns franchise.
Smallville star Tom Welling is sadly in just a couple of scenes, Sam Elliott gets one scene as the head coach of Wisconsin, Chadwick Boseman is fine, but does not enough screen time. This leaves only Denis Leary as a real highlight -he’s a John Gruden inspired character, so it’s hardly acting for Leary.
Opening in the Spring raises more eyebrows. Football obsessed America would seem more likely to turn out in September as the NFL kicks off another season.
Draft Day gets 1 1/2 stars out of five
Fans of the Browns and the folks who love watching the NFL Draft like a contact sport will get more out of the film, but will have to survive the first 2/3 of the film – add a star.
Draft Day arrives in theaters April 11, 2014.
Note: Sam Elliott was the Coach of Wisconsin, an early in the original draft, see comment from reader below – BBJ, The Dispatch