Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, it's bobsled time. (by cobram-1)
Just saw this movie again on HBO, haven't seen it in almost a decade, and was surprised at how much slipped by me the first time. It's only sad point is to be reminded of what a loss we movie lovers suffered with the death of John Candy. Imagine what he could have done with a little more time on this mortal coil. This movie is uplifting; it's about the human spirit, its strengths and weaknesses. It explores the parent-child conflict, superstition, ambition, love, hate, patriotism and a gamut of other themes. The story telling is good, the camaraderie authentic, and the celebration <more>
of life inspiring. Follow your dreams, wherever they may lead you. When things seem impossible, just remember that there's a Jamaican bobsled team.
One Of The Greatest Films Ever Made (by waltontowers-1)
It might not be historically accurate - and you know what, some of the best films aren't - but I believe, hand on heart, that Cool Runnings is one of greatest films ever made.Cool Runnings is absolutely hilarious with a wonderful blend of slapstick comedy, one liners, colourful characters and absurdity, however its comic achievements are well documented, and for this reason I will take them as read.Cool Runnings is an exploration of a number of the weightiest themes a film can deal with, such as racism, poverty, pride, passion, forgiveness and self-belief. Cool Runnings tackles all of <more>
these themes head-on without losing an ounce of its charm, humour, or family-fun.A superbly played Joseph Gruel is the prime embodiment of the racism the Jamaicans face on the hill, and his story is very moving. So too is the voyage of self-discovery and forgiveness embarked on by disgraced coach Erv Blitzer John Candy . The team themselves are a wonderful advert for teamwork and the little island of Jamaica. Each one is wise, bold in the face of their respective adversity, and has an intriguing story to tell.The ending of Cool Runnings also ranks as one of the greatest. It masterfully avoids the back-slapping, one-dimensional and predictable ending it looks to be approaching, a trap that so many other similar 'feel-good' films fall into. Instead Cool Runnings brings together all of the themes that have been explored, in one emotionally charged final scene.99% will disagree with something I have written above. But I first watched the film 15 years ago and it has stayed with me ever since. I have watched it around 100 times now, and I still shed a tear at the end...no other film has ever brought me even close to that.If you take nothing else from this review. Watch Cool Runnings. It is so much better than the clever-arsed, blockbuster-biased critics will have you believe. Forget the highly forgettable cheese like Remember the Titans, The Mighty Ducks and all the rest. Pull up a chair, get the phone on divert, and sit back and enjoy the only 'feel good' film worth watching.
Plea to recognize this film, man! (by HouseofMogh)
This is a very underappreciated and little known movie. I give it a ten or a 9.5 though. It is great. It's a true story about the Jamaican bobsled team how ironic . But unlike all the other sports stories where the team always kicks but in a glorious win, this is different. It also is fun to watch because of the Jamaican dudes speaking like surfers and saying "man" all the time. So, see this movie. Vote for it and try to get it onto the top 250.Peace Man!
Funny, strong and endearing characters (by shrav86)
I remember watching this movie when I was a kid and loving it. It is one of those feel good movies that you think is corny but somehow avoids that label. The characters are funny and endearing. John Candy balances the broken side of his character along with the inspirational side of his character very believably. Doug E Doug has some hilarious dialogs. You feel yourself rooting for the team with more feeling than you expect. The director does well by not focusing on the racial aspect of the movie and converting it to just another movie of black vs. white. Obviously you cannot expect any <more>
brilliant acting or movie making but all in all this movie is a must see for families. Four Jamaicans in a bob sled is more entertaining than it looks.
very entertaining movie for the whole family (by PAL-9)
great video rental! We miss John Candy more and more, when we see how well he plays here. This movie is funny and definitely for the whole family. Even the story is true, it is not well known to most and therefore the suspense is kept to the end. Cool Running!
May not be the entire truth, but a great movie nonetheless (by super_acorn)
Sure it mightn't be full truth, but who doesn't enjoy this great movie? I loved it, II have a serious soft-spot when it comes to comedy but this movie is up there with some of the best e.g. Zoolander : I liked it so much because of the great range of comedy in it, slapstick, visual and audio comedy. The bright colours of Jamaica keeps the watchers attention right the way through in the teams' clothes. There is some great acting. John Candy does exceptionally well in my view as well as Doug E. Doug. The music chosen is great, fits in to the story nicely e.g. the song during the <more>
training session called "Rise Above It" So all in all it's a great watch for all ages.
Hands up all Jamaicans. There are only 2.6 million people in Jamaica - so I know you don't account for a large percentage of the English-speaking world. Hands up all those people with any interest at all in bobsledding. Hah! I knew it! No-one.That's why `Cool Runnings' succeeds. It depends not at all on aggressive nationalism it couldn't afford to, with a constituency of 2.6 million , and people of all countries are free to participate in the Jamaicans' perfectly reasonable patriotism. Probably even the Swiss, whose bobsled team comes across as more than a trifle <more>
arrogant. Nor is there any of that worship of a particular sport that makes baseball movies so unendurable for people outside of North America, Cuba and Japan. Not that I have any evidence that baseball movies are popular in Cuba or Japan. There isn't any power-of-positive-thinking psychobabble, either - at least, it doesn't dominate. The four Jamaican bobsledders are separate people with different goals and ways of thinking. The coach played beautifully by John Candy, who proves that he can act without playing the clown doesn't ram a particular ideology down his players' throats. I doubt that any sports film has a more civilised and reasonable coach.It comes down to this: we are given a reason to care about the characters, unrelated to nationality; and we are given a story that's worth following, even if we would never follow the sport itself. The clichés are fewer than usual and never offensive. It's a sweet film, and I doubt there's more than a handfull of people who could resist its charm.
Cool running has to be the funniest ever made by the late John Candy (by larrybell67)
I have seen this movie at least 7 times and still get the greatest laugh from it. It has humor, sense of competition to win the big event with all their hearts. Just good clean overall fun and great story line which I understand was derived from a true story.
A little gem (by Lupercali)
'Cool Runnings' is one of those prized and rare animals - a genuinely feel-good family movie that doesn't also make you feel stupid.Based rather loosely, I suspect on the true story of the Jamaican bobsled team who competed in the Winter Olympics, against outrageous odds, ridicule, complete lack of snow in Jamaica, etc, etc - 'Cool Runnings' hardly puts a foot wrong as it moves towards its rousing ending. That ending is genuinely inspirational, lump-in-the-throat stuff, which so many serious sports movies have aimed at, and fallen short of.Most miraculously, from my <more>
point of view, I actually found myself _liking_ John Candy, in this movie. I'm giving this one 8 out of 10. It achieves its goals splendidly. Be sure to give it a look if you've not seen it before.