Friday, February 20, 2009
Movie Review: American Flyers
I recently watched the bicycle film American Flyers. I was hesitant at first because KateBall had purchased the movie from Amazon for a penny and generally movies that are that cheap are pretty terrible. Plus, it stars Kevin Costner, who I usually dislike. I don't hate him, I just don't like him. Waterworld anybody?
However, American Flyers turned out to be a semi-awesome movie about bike racing. While I would have loved the movie to just be about the bike racing, there had to be the usual tough-love brother relationship, a rare genetic brain disease and some romance with a hot hitchhiker involved in the plot, but it was still a good movie. It focuses on the "Hell of the West" race that takes place in the Colorado Rockies. There is awesome footage of bicycles and cyclists striving in the race. Some good depictions of how strategies are used during races and how racing can become a person's passion, but also their downfall(Kevin Costner's character mainly experiences this). This film has everything: illness, bizarre brother love, romance, comedy, drive and bicycles (And a really nice shot of a hot chick in a cycling jersey), BUT it lacks the oomph that is usually present in Steve Teisch's films (see Breaking Away. If you don't want to think while watching a movie and you need bicycles involved, American Flyers is worth the penny spent.