The new Star Wars movie is only in it’s second week in the box office, and is still the hottest ticket in theaters right now. It’s unfortunate, because there were some really decent movies released this weekend that failed to get any shine. Concussion being one of them. I was looking forward to this movie mostly because I am a fan of football, and an even bigger fan of Will Smith. The trailer grabbed my interest about a subject I kinda brushed off as a football fan.
I had no idea who Dr. Omalu was until watching this film, or how damaging head contact is in the field football. First let me say Will Smith did his thing as Nigerian forensic pathologist Bennet Omalu. I didn’t find his Nigerian accent to feel fraudulent, and he brought such care and power to his role. It felt like Will prepped for this and it paid off. Critics are criticizing the story, but I didn’t feel as if I was missing or need anything more. Yes Smith carried the movie, but also had great support from Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Alec Baldwin. Any lover of football will walk out of the theater feeling some type of way towards the men who go onto the field every Sunday for our entertainment.
I could go on and on especially praising Smith’s performance and this story, but I think it’s best if you see it for yourself. This movie made me laugh and brought out a few other emotions as well. The pace of this film isn’t quick, but still packs a powerful punch…A-