Goal! finally came out in North America. I saw this film 3 years ago in France and couldn't wait for the N.A. release here. This is truly the Rocky of soccer. Using Kuno Becker, I think was perfect for this role because he is an unknown actor, and as you start to watch the film and cant help yourself but to remember Rocky, so your anticipating to see if he makes pro. You start to root for him because of the situation he's in, that many immigrants can relate to. An illigal immigrant, no mother, works under the table, no green card, strict father who doesn't support his ideas except for his grandma. He takes a chance to leave America for England because a scout saw him play. But if he leaves America he can't return because he's illegal and has no papers. Against his father wishes he still goes and only to find out later that his father has a heart attack and dies knowing his son left for his dream. So with all the chances he gets you can't help yourself to root for Santiago Munez to make it as a pro soccer player and at the end you wish him to be a successful actor, because you become drawn to his acting appearance. You can tell that he isn't all there yet but in Goal II he also tries hard but you start to hate the character. I saw Goal II this past summer and it was very dissapointing compared to Goal I but still is a good film. If Goal I, took 3 years to reach N.A. then Goal II will be here in 2010, or get from www.amazon.fr
Goal! makes you wanna pick up the ball and kick it around. In Europe this movie was huge in Goal I he's in New Castle, in Goal II he plays with Real Madrid with all the stars Bekham. Zidane, Ronaldo etc I hope that now Toronto has a soccer team but we suck, this movie will help create more soccer fans in Toronto and hopefully the Toronto FC players watch it as well and recruit Kuno Becker to play for us.