George Clooney directs and stars in a period piece about the birth of American football in the sports comedy Leatherheads. George Clooney plays a football star in the 1920’s who is trying to keep his team the Duluth Bulldogs from folding and the league from collapsing so he persuades a World War I hero and Princeton football star played by John Krasinski to join his team. In the mean time a Chicago newspaper reporter played by Renée Zellweger tells the true story about what really happened in the war and she even has the two men fighting for her affection. This film is rich and classy and has some great sports nostalgia. The acting and directing is good and I like the concept of how football began. Clooney walked around with this script for years and maybe he should have held on to it longer so it could have improve like a fine wine or maybe have the writer sharpen up the jokes. The execution, the comic timing and the chemistry between the three main characters just isn’t there. I can tell the actors enjoyed making this film and I enjoyed watching or maybe I should say listening to it and I’m giving it a C+ rating.
This movie has been given a R rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.