on July 22, 2007
"The Rocket" is based on the life and times of the Montreal Canadiens' great Maurice Richard. The film takes us through his early years as a working poor machinist struggling to enter the NHL. Nobody believes in him except for the Canadians coach who takes a chance on the "soft and injury-prone" french canadian. The movie also serves as a fine account of the post-world war 2 era in Canada and the deep divisions between english and french canadians during that time. Roy Dupuis gives a remarkable performance as the Rocket. Not overacted, but a subdued rendering of the introverted hockey icon. I can totally see why this guy is a huge star in Quebec. Watch "The Rocket" both for its historical account of the times and as a terrific piece of cinema.
on July 17, 2009
Being French, I wasn't sure I'd be into a film about a NHL legend. After all, our sport here is definitely soccer. Was I wrong! Wonderful actors (all of them but Roy is really something else), great directing and photography, and what a storyline! Real life events do make brilliant scenarios.
In my opinion, a "must see".