Race

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3.5/5 Stars

Summary: “Jesse Owens’ quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy.”

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, it should be obvious that I like watching movies based on true stories—except for horror; that I will avoid like the plague.

Race is the story of Jesse Owens, who I had never heard of before the movie.  It’s really an incredible story considering everything that was going on in the world at the time of these Olympic games.  The movie was entertaining to watch and moving at times.

However, I wouldn’t say it is the best movie of this kind to be made.  The movie shifts between Jesse’s personal life, his racing life, and the politics of the 1936 Olympic games.  I felt like the only part to get a satisfying amount of time was the racing.  Which, I get is the point of the movie, but I would have liked either more of the political aspect or for the personal side to Jesse to have had more meaning.

Overall, good movie but not something that special.

Available on HBO Go.

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