Invictus

Directed by Clint Eastwood
Produced by Clint Eastwood
Lori McCreary
Robert Lorenz
Mace Neufeld
Written by Screenplay: Anthony Peckham
Book: John Carlin
Starring Matt Damon
Morgan Freeman
Music by Kyle Eastwood & Michael Stevens
Cinematography Tom Stern
Editing by Joel Cox & Gary D. Roach
Studio Spyglass Entertainment, Revelations Entertainment & Malpaso Productions Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) December 11, 2009
Running time 133 minutes
Country United States
Language English

This afternoon Priscilla and I ventured to Village cinemas at Crown Casino to watch Invictus. I recently received some Gold Class ticket and decided that today would be the day that I actually use them.

I must say that I did enjoy going to the Gold Class cinema today and this may have influenced my enjoyment of the film. It was good that we got to watch the film in nice, comfy recliner armchairs and enjoyed hot wedges with sour cream and salsa and a juice for nibbles, although I would probably have preferred the traditional popcorn and Coke to be honest. The service that we received from Ken and the other staff was very good.

As for the movie I can say that I enjoyed it. I thought that it showed a very important message that sport has the ability to unite people whatever their differences. It also shows how fairytales do come true although if this were not based on actual events it would be very hard to believe. It is a movie that is very easy for a viewer to get emotional over, which is not a very bad thing.

I enjoyed the performances of Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon as South African rugby captain François Pienaar very much and they made the film that much more enjoyable.

The movie did leave me with a question that really had nothing to do with the movie at all. Was John Howard inspired by seeing Nelson Mandela on the field of the World Cup Final wearing a Springbok jersey? Could this be the reason why a former Prime Minster, who was sworn into office just months after the final, decided to use our own Wallabies jersey as a fashion statement and be seen in it as many times as possible? Seriously, when I saw Mandella in the jumper all I could think was that this is where John Howard got the idea!

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