21 September 2019 | akcenat
An uplifting Canadian sports drama
Can you name Canada's national sport? If you picked hockey, you'd be wrong. The official national sport of Canada is actually lacrosse. Saying that, it is no brainier that "The Grizzlies" is based on true story of an impoverished native community in Canada battling mental illness and suicides by creating a sports team. The film achieves a sense of almost documentary authenticity as it invites audiences into the homes of native residents and shows their family dynamics, both the good and the bad. Because of it, "The Grizzlies" is more than the typical inspiring sports drama 'cos it offers hope no matter that you can see student punches the new teacher in the face on day one. Movie, actually, manages to stay fresh, mostly in its portrayal of the indigenous kids. The acting is usually strong all around. However, towards the end movie slips into cliché. No matter that it is very well-crafted, film does start to demonstrably run out of steam as it passes its half, but regains to finish strongly on a positive note. The script works, very effectively indeed, because we connect with these characters and root for them as they learn self-respect and team solidarity. In a season of routinely, empty blockbusters "The Grizzlies" is a treat that will make you take a notice.