Movie Review: "Friday Night Lights" Is A Winner

In this man's opinion, there has never been a movie that captured the pressures and drama of playing big-time high school football as well as Friday Night Lights does for the viewing audience.

Action-packed, insightful, dramatic and touching all at the same time, the movie takes the viewing audience through a range of emotions while never getting too far from the crux of the movie--football. For the fan who prides himself or herself on football knowledge, this is an exciting movie.

Based on the best-selling novel by Buzz Bissenger Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team And A Dream, the movie chronicles the 1988 season of the Permian High School football team in Odessa, Texas. Expected to win the state championship, the team goes through ups and downs that take the viewer on a roller coaster of emotions throughout the film.

Instead of just skating around the strategy involved, Friday Night Lights puts you in the middle of the action and what goes on down on the sidelines and in the locker room before, during and after a game. Billy Bob Thornton does a wonderful job portraying the head coach of Permian High and becomes one of the truly likeable figures in the movie.

Surprising is the performance of country music artist Tim McGraw. He controls the screen as a former Permian legend disgusted with the performance of his son on the field. McGraw's performance speaks volumes on what a parent's behavior and pressure can do to a child's emotions and attitude.

For the football fan who enjoys a movie that touches every part of the game, inside and out, I highly recommend seeing Friday Night Lights. Showing the emotional side of the game for the players involved, it is a tremendous story that is worth retelling again and again.



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