Finally, a movie worth watching (by pamyers-90771)
The movie flow, acting, story line, actors, and levels of inference are all spot on. Is it the "perfect" movie? Of course not, but in the middle of all the overwhelming garbage being spewed out in the last decade, this is a breath of fresh air.Truly, in a time when the movies being made from the big studios seem to be ripe with blood, guts, sex, ghosts, demons, and mindless trash, this movie reminds us that the best stories are the real ones.I don't intend to go line by line critiquing the movie, just to give this a simple recommendation to go see it. No heavy handed words <more>
needed.Well done to all involved in this production, my wife and I really enjoyed it.
I grew up in Harrison and I was so touched by this film. Growing up with the real Marty, I saw a soft spoken and gentle soul. I never knew the hardships of his family dynamics. I cried and laughed through the whole film and was moved that this family opened up to be transparent for the world to see. When leaving the theater, most were crying and saying that they loved it. From a retired high school counselor's view, this is a must see for our youth. The struggles they deal with need to be seen as motivation and not stumbling blocks. This is an encouraging message to all! Brandon not only <more>
worked hard academically and athletically, he stood firm in his values and morals. I hope this message resonates loud to the audience to not be afraid of going against what is popular for the greater good.
The movie GREATER was better than I ever could've imagined. Chris Severio did an excellent job portraying Brandon, Leslie Easterbrook was amazing at playing Barbara, and Neal McDonough gave his best performance to date as Marty Burlsworth. Nick Searcy is the dark horse of the movie - trying to make Marty Neal McDonough doubt his faith in God - allowing this to happen to his brother. Even if you don't like football, this story is one that proves that hard work pays off. More importantly, it is about faith and why bad things happen to good people. You will cry, you will laugh, but <more>
most of all, you will leave wanting to be a better person yourself.
Greater is based on the real life of Brian Burlsworth - the greatest walk on in the history of college football. The movie is good, but the multiple flashback sequences are a bit distracting as are the multiple conversations with "the farmer" who I guess is supposed to represent temptation or doubt or Satan. The movie never really addresses who the whittling farmer is supposed to be. When you watch this movie you'll think some of the scenes are a bit hokey and that no one is that dedicated or that "good". I've talked to people that knew Brian and they say the movie <more>
doesn't even begin to show what an amazing, dedicated, and courageous person Brian was in real life. The truth is we don't have enough people like Brian on this planet and his death at such a young age was truly tragic.It's nice to see something at the movies where the basic message is believe in yourself and work hard for what you want in life. Brian's life was an inspiration - at the end of the movie they list some of the foundations and charities started in his honor.
This is based upon a true storyThe story will open with the death of Brandon Burlsworth although we won't see any of the accident he was in. We see the beginnings of funeral arrangements for him and why his brother Marty Neal McDonough cannot understand why this happened. Brandon Burlsworth Christopher Severio had always wanted to be a Arkansas Razorback football player and he had to try harder than most to achieve it even when it was always in doubt, mostly because of his weight. High School Coach Bender Fredric Lehne called him a "diamond in the rough" and hoped someone <more>
would notice. His brother Marty was 17-yrs older than Brandon and many thought he was Brandon's father. Marty wanted the best for Brandon but really didn't believe Brandon would achieve his dreams. This really isn't a football story It's a story about determination, faith and trust. Christian undertones dominate this film, but is not preachy. We see a little football, of course, but we mostly see the struggles Brandon went thru at different stages to achieve his dreams and never gave up and always tried to do better. We will see Brandon take a lot of abuse from just about everyone especially from the players he hoped to play with. Some of this will tear at your heart. Oh, and have box of Kleenex handy.It was nice to see Neal McDonough finally in a good guy role. He is a great, perhaps underrated, actor even though he plays the bad guys a lot. He always gives a very good performance and he did in here. Notables: Nick Searcy as The Farmer who tries to shake Marty's faith and it is fragile at best; Michael Parks as Leo, Brandon and Marty's alcoholic father; Leslie Easterbrook as Brandon and Marthy's adoring mother; and Mark Dobies as Coach Nutt, the coach in Brandon's senior year and he convinces the new coach not to go into a rebuild program and not to give up on this team as things will change.At the end there will be statements about how Brandon Burlsworth's life impacts many today. This is a very uplifting and impressive story about a young very impressive young man. Christopher Severio has done an excellent job portraying Brandon Burlsworth. Kudos. 9/10 Violence: Yes. Football scenes. Sex: No. Nudity: No. Humor: Yes, at times. Language: No Rating: A
Well-done and inspiring faith-based movie (by jry345)
It was apparently a shocker to a few of the reviewers here, but Greater includes some Christian themes in it. If that offends you, then you probably wouldn't like this movie. If it does not offend you, then you should enjoy it. The movie is well produced, the acting is good, it is well paced, and it is definitely inspiring. And it all based fairly closely on real events. I'd give it 7 out of 10 for production value and acting, and then bump it up to 8 because it was enjoyable and inspiring.This is mostly a football biography movie, but adds in a Christian theme in the second half. I <more>
think they only people that won't enjoy this movie are people that dislike or resent the Christian content.
Greater than most, but could have been greater still (by zkot-839-452731)
Greater is a great movie -- greater than most, in my opinion. Christopher Severio, Neal McDonough, and Leslie Easterbrook, as well as the supporting cast playing Brandon's High School & Arkansas coaches achieved resounding success in making this film believable, and its real-life characters empathetic in every sense.Be that as it may, I couldn't bring myself to give it nine stars, for three reasons in order of importance to me, from least to most:1. I wanted to see a bit of Brandon overcoming some of his early obstacles. In particular, his growth spurt between high school and <more>
college seemed instantaneous, as if somebody had just clicked "supersize" on his body, and he was suddenly one inch taller and 80 pounds heavier. 30-90 seconds would have sufficed to show me, rather than tell me.2. Some parts of the script were a bit gushing with sentimentality, when there was absolutely no need for any melodrama in this story.3. In keeping with the bit of melodrama, I felt "The Farmer" who taunted grieving Marty was absolutely unnecessary. Was this person really there, doing that? I don't know, and I don't care. He's inserted into the movie in a way that seems like editorializing, rather than adding to the story. If a character isn't driving home the story, he or she should be eliminated from it, especially given the length of the film.To close out this criticism sandwich of a review, these minor flaws kept me stuck at 8.3 stars for "Greater," unable to round up to a 9-star rating. It's still a great movie. In particular, the intense sadness of the ending was much deeper than expected. After all, I reckon most viewers know how Brandon's life ends before they watch the movie -- it's explicitly stated in the Storyline for this IMDb page. Even so, the depth of emotion portrayed caused me to recollect the sadness of loss of close loved ones in my own life, and how much better I feel the world would be if they were still around, instead of abruptly removed from it as they were. The ending itself drives home that emotional connection without requiring an extraneous character to spoon feed it to me .Eight stars!
One of the best family movies you've likely never heard of (by jacobs-greenwood)
I'm not even sure how I heard about this one; it seems to have suffered from a lack of advertising. Not only was I unaware of the movie, I didn't know the story of Brandon Burlsworth, arguably the greatest walk-on in the history of college football.Boy am I glad I do now and, if you too have seen, I think we owe it to the filmmakers to make sure that it becomes widely known. It's a terrific family movie, and a great story about perseverance, character, and doing the right thing whether anyone is watching or not because someone always is .Burlsworth was a football player from <more>
humble beginnings without the natural size or giftedness that so many athletes are born with, so he had to work hard to become an All American offensive lineman at the University of Arkansas aka the Razorbacks , and was eventually drafted in the third round by the NFL's Indianapolis Colts, in the late 1990's. Unfortunately he was killed in an automobile accident before he was to play at the professional level.Brandon's faith in God was a large part of his story, his influence and the positive example he was to others, and his legacy continues today through foundations, scholarships, awards and trophies that are given in his name annually to help others.Chris Severio plays Brandon while Leslie Easterbrook is his loving and faithful mother Barbara, who raised him without his absent, alcoholic father Leo Michael Parks . Much of the narrative is realized through the eyes of his older brother 16 years his senior Marty, played by Neal McDonough, who struggles with his own belief through a conversation with "Old Scratch" Nick Searcy .