Every now and then, a film comes along and changes our perspective into the realm of logic and life. A film that warps reality, forcing the viewer to completely re think their entire life. A film that leaves you in such awe, words can do no justice. I have seen this film more times than I can count, and every single time I finish it, I want to immediately watch it again.
To start out, the director. When my children have children, they'll talk about the great directors making some of the best cinema of the 21st century. Paul Thomas Anderson, David Fincher, Terrance Malick and now John Whitesell. After previously directing the brilliant Big Momma's House trilogy, which are on par with the Star Trek Trilogy (Wrath of Khan, Search for Spock, The Voyage Home), the Lord of the Rings films, the Star Wars films and the Dollars films. Along with Malibu's Most Wanted, proving that Jamie Kennedy deserves an Oscar, and Deck the Halls with the comedy duo of Matthew Broderick and Danny Devito, in the shadow of Abbot and Costello. This is a man who has a vision to change the way we think but Thunderstruck completely wipes the floor with his other films. "Wipes the floor", get it?
I'm no sports fan but Kevin Durant needs to put down the basketball, and pick up an Oscar. He completely sells his role and you see him not as an actor, but as a man. On top of that, newcomer Taylor Gray, the Marlon Brando of the 21st century. You feel his struggles, see his anguish, jump for joy when he succeeds, mixes the bag of emotions that you won't be able to help yourself from. I found myself in tears walking out of the cinema, from his groundbreaking performance that not even the great Daniel Day Lewis can poke at. Once I left the theater and immediately purchased my ticket for the next showing, I had such tears in my eyes that after they hit the ticket, you could barely read the title.
It mixes comedy and drama well, going back to my previous point of the film stupendously mixing the emotions. At one moment, you laughing your basketballs off at the perfect chemistry of Durant and Gray as they struggle trying to get their powers back. You feel the anger when Gray's bullies rough him up with some foul talk, unaware of the genius in front of them. Feel the joy of their companionship and how the thing that brings them together is a game of basketball.
Aside from the acting, the writings is on par and doesn't feel outdated with it's various references. The film required two writers since it can't take just one to create a masterpiece. Eric Champnella who's previous work is Mr. 3000, the definitive baseball film, and the straight to Disney Channel (should've been permanently in cinemas) Mailed to the Chief. The other writer should also be noted, Jeff Farley who had a brilliant role as Tabby's Security Officer in the mind blowing Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Jr.
I could write a book on the brilliance of this film but words can do it no justice. It just HAS TO be seen to be believed. Make way for your top favorite films list, if this doesn't crack the top 3, don't ever act like you know cinema. Please, PLEASE experience this masterful, genius, brilliant work before you die. I PROMISE you won't regret it.