Disney scores once again with “Miracle.” It is based on a true story that had an entire nation on the edge of their seats during the 1980 Winter Olympics, when the U.S. hockey team defined the meaning of dedication as overcoming impossible odds of defeating the Soviet Union. When the Winter Olympics hit Lake Placid, N.Y. in 1980, there was more than just the gold on the line for the U.S. hockey team; the nation was in the midst of the Cold War. Tensions were high, and they were going into the games as a heavy underdog to the perennial powerhouse, the Soviet Union. U.S. Coach Herb Brooks, played by Kurt Russell, shows his fierce competitiveness as he assembles his team to believe in something more than raw talent: the belief in each other. Brooks creates a winning atmosphere with his “old school” hard-nosed tactics. He creates only one mentality, and that is to win. There are no other options for his team. The excitement he creates results in an idea that an entire country buys into.
Brooks puts together his team of amateurs and begins to push them to the brink. He pushes his team to a point where they can go on no longer, and then pushes them even harder. He was subjected to much scrutiny in the way he approaches the dream, but never strays from believing it can be accomplished. The movie rallies around hard work, compassion, determination, and the belief that anything is possible.
The cinematography is remarkable and makes the viewer feel like he or she is right on the ice. Cheers are often heard throughout the movie when the games are being played. This patriotic story will capture the hearts of its viewers and send a chill or two down their spines. By the time the games are being played, you’ll feel like you’re part of the crowd. The movie creates an atmosphere of success and lays the foundation for greatness. Come expecting the best and leave feeling even better. If you are looking for a real thrill, head out to “Miracle,” and relive one of the greatest moments in sports history.