Monday, 7 January 2008

Light Up

There are a number of good things about having a soap box. First of all it makes you taller than people, that is good because tall people are more trustworthy. Second of all you're probably going to have a whole heap of soaps left over from the box. Third of all you get to spread word about stuff that you like and I like Friday Night Lights.

Friday Night Lights is a great movie. The best American Football movie I've ever seen. Maybe the best sports movie of all time. Trust me, I've seen more than a few sports movies. There was a baseball one called 'Summer Catch' starring Freddie Prinze Jnr the other night, it was terrible. Back on topic, Friday Night Lights is a really great movie based on the true story of a high school football team triumphing against the odds in the small town of Dillon where Football is everything. So first of all go and see that if you haven't.

Now great movies rarely transfer to great television shows. Buffy The Vampire Slayer was a sucky movie before it became a TV hit. Bill & Ted and Back to the Future were both great movies before spawning terrible cartoons devoid of any the charms of the originals. Name me a great movie that span off into a great TV show. I dare you. Friday Night Lights bucks the trend.

It's quite an accomplishment. The movie has the original book to base itself on and only 2 hours running time to fill. From nothing but the inspiration of the book, the movie and the real life Dillon Panthers the show has to produce a full season's worth of story-lines. I'm only 8 episodes in and not a single one has disappointed. The writing, the production, the acting; all of the very highest quality. In a sentence it is the OC meets every decent sports movie of all time. CLEAR EYES, FULL HEART, CAN'T LOSE.

Go watch it or you're just hurting yourself.



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