After seeing this movie, I am speechless. I have goosebumps all over my body -- especially after the final competition. Since I was a member of a very large high school band, I can appreciate this flick. If you have never been to a weekend high school football game and saw the band play, yes -- you may not like this movie. Well, I was part of everything regarding bands and sports -- high school and college. So if you have any appreciation for high school or college bands, you should watch this movie. There is also very good cinematography here too. Some of the scenes -- and especially the <more>
final Drumline scene were great. There is even a decent plot to this movie. I see the low rating of 5.3 and I'm a bit miffed about that; however, that might be because of the people who have no appreciation of real band and music material. I'm not knocking those people, but maybe they would rather watch Johnny Knoxsville in Jackass; than see this movie.This is a great movie. Please give this movie a chance. It's really worth the time. Every time I see that it is on, I drop everything, and tune in to see it all over again.This commentary is in tribute to Bernhardt Rydjeski, Director of the East Islip High School Marching Band. I don't think he's alive anymore, but I did keep in touch with him until about 5 years ago. Thanks Mr. Rydjeski for the greatest years of our lives -- I really mean that. It is now February 28TH, 2005 and I just found out that my friend, Mr. Rydjeski died just last week. He had cancer and was buried in the St. James Cemetery on Long Island. I am so upset about this. I love this man. He was an inspiration to many of us in the East Islip High School band. There were several of us who went on to stardom, in particular, Ron Wikso, who played with Cher for many years. There was also Cathy Tricoli who had a hit single for her efforts. Mr. Rydjeski, we loved you as our band leader and we will miss you intensely. Thank you for all that you have given to us. You gave up many hours of your life so we could have a life of our own. You are a great person and we will never forget you. I truly hope that my prior band members see this message and respond back. We had the greatest times of our lives with you! Rydjeski, Canis, and Gifford. Go EI HIGH! Mr. Rydjeski, we will miss you.
Contrary to most of the comments I read on this film, our family found Drumline very entertaining. Perhaps it is because our son was in marching band for four years. And perhaps because we learned that the 'drumline' are the wackiest of the whole band. It takes discipline and a lot of concentration to do 'heel & toe' marching and do the choreography that was done by someone who knows nothing about how much room a trombone or drums needs to turn on a pivot. Every parent who has ever had a child in marching band can relate to this film. For the rest of you ... we'll let <more>
the drumline take care of you, they'll definitely have an idea that no other person in world ever thought of.
Drumline was one of the best movies I can recall seeing in 2002. Nick Cannon in his first starring role carrys this movie very well. I took the film for what it was a crowd pleasing movie that makes you root for the underdog. Charles Stone III who directed the very good Paid In Full before this shows he can tell a good story. Zoe Salidana and Orlando Jones also give great performances. I paid to see this film twice and will buy it the first day it comes to DVD.
A great slice of the pie (by BA_Musician)
Those who have been in precision marching bands yes, that includes the music know about the hard work and dedication that it takes to be the best or among the best. The message of the movie, as I see it, is about that dedication and sacrifice in order to achieve greatness. Being a movie, of course there are unrealistic aspects woven into the story. For example, Devon should have not have been permitted to rejoin the band until he could read music. Because he did, it shot a big hole in one of the main underlying moral principles of the band. Still, we're talking about a movie. I <more>
experienced great emotional appeal watching the hard work of the "team." Sure, if it was a complete story about a marching band, the movie would fall far short, but who would watch a 20-hour movie about a marching band? It certainly would have been more realistic to include the pranks and general fun that we all had to have in between all the hard work just to stay sane. The movie as presented may not be entertaining to anyone who has never worked hard toward a goal with a team, but for those who have, I'm sure they will see a piece of themselves and their experience in Drumline. It's easy to find criticism in virtually anything. If we accept the basic good message of Drumline and allow ourselves to be entertained by the music as presented, it will be a movie that will be watched and enjoyed repeatedly. For those who actually think there are race issues in the movie, pay more attention to the people in it and what they are trying to do with their work, and you won't see any color. With some luck, maybe one day, you'll know what it's like to be in a marching band.
Former Colorguard here. I regret that they didn't use the color guard in this flick but think they pulled it off nicely.I don't understand all of the complaints about it being an all black movie - there are schools with a minimum number of white students in real life - get over it. I went to a school that was over 85% African American and I am white - who cares what color the band it so long as they can Bang the Drum.This is an excellent movie and I can't wait for my kids to watch it - excellent m oral value and very entertaining for a band documentary ha ha."I don't <more>
wanna work. I just wanna Bang on the Drum, All Day!"
I've replayed this movie about a dozen times -- totally entertaining (by martinj918)
Pure, fun entertainment. A lot of the comments I've read here make fun of the fact that the plot is obvious and the movie isn't deep enough for them. But, if you simply want to be entertained and drum the heck out of anything you can reach when the drumlines compete, and if you like to see good looking college kids, beautiful girls' bodies, and see the good guys win then this movie will delight you as much as it delights me. Most of the actors are black and college age and I'm white and in my 70's, but there's a life to this movie that lifts me up every time I play it. <more>
Get in the mood for fun and slip this DVD into your player. You'll have a couple hours of pure fun.
I'm not a musician and know little about marching bands. However, this movie captivated my attention. The athleticism of these musical marchers was something I had never thought about until watching this excellent movie. The music is wonderful and the drumline competition puts the dueling banjos of yesterday to shame. The story line delivers a good message of how raw talent can be molded into disciplined success. The concept of teamwork and individual goals are blended into a believable and inspiring movie. I found the acting to be very good and will look for the cast in future movies. <more>
Nick Cannon and Orlando Jones never leave any doubt about the characters they are playing.
It's about time someone focused on the Southern Classic Bands half time . Millions of people faithfully support these bands because of their exceptional, explosive performances. I think the movie does a brilliant job of capturing all the power, excitement and zeal of the marching bands. If you have attended the classics, you will appreciate this movie. If you have never attended a classic, this movie can be a great introduction. The movie does an excellent job of capturing the level of competition and the desire to win. The drum line performance in this movie is awesome.
Indeed a different style of music film...fun for just about anyone (by Robert_duder)
I noticed a common thread in many of the reviews for Drumline on IMDb. Many said the same thing that Drumline surprised them and it was a good thing. I'm not sure many people ever think about a marching band being a true test of music like bands, or dancing, or rock singing and certainly you don't really think of it as competitive and yet out comes Drumline and changes all of that with style and flare. I know nothing about marching bands or American Universities for that matter yes I am Canadian so I don't know how much truth there is to the film but it just happens to be very <more>
entertaining, fun, touching, and well delivered all around. It's not perfection or award winning or a feat of film making and yet it seems to be something that everyone just sits down and really enjoys. One of the keys to music films is of course the music. The more I like the music personally...the greater the film...consider Dirty Dancing, or Mama Mia, or Hairspray but the odd thing about Drumline is that the music is not typical or any type or brand. They do play modern music with their marching band but the story is what keeps the film afloat and truly entertains.Nick Cannon is cocky but brutally talented Devon Miles. Cannon holds the role very well. He comes across as smart, and well spoken and talented but his character is very entertaining and has quite an arc to his story throughout the film. Zoe Saldana is Devon's love interest in the film. Saldana is a talented actress, I've seen her perform very well but other than being a love interest she doesn't really get a whole lot to deal with in her character. The character is under developed unfortunately but Saldana and Cannon make a good couple with great chemistry between them. Orlando Jones is terrific and gives truly a stand out performance as Dr. Lee, the leader of the marching band. Jones gives a moving performance and really gives the film nearly all of it's heart and power.Director Charles Stone III is seemingly new to the directors chair for Hollywood films but he seems to hold his own making a spectacle of marching bands. The sheer concept seems ludicrous and yet marching bands and the entire competition never seemed so exciting and entertaining. I am actually surprised that the film makers didn't decide to milk this film for straight to DVD sequels although there is still time. So if you're looking for something light hearted with some intense competition and yet something completely different from other films in the same genre this one is almost certain to entertain you. A solid film. 8/10