Essay about Movie: Remember the Titans
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The movie Remember the Titans takes place in Virginia. The year was when there were no racial mixings in the schools. The movie starts practically the day that the announcement of desegregation was going to come into action.
The movie is in a small Virginia town where they say that football is as big as life. The high school team is known for being great and when they here that blacks are entering their school now they are furious. The school comes in and fires the old head coach and replaces him with a black, Coach Boon. At first all of the white players try to boycott the new coach and football program but the old coach, Coach Yoast decides to stay and run the defensive line and not abandon his old boys.…show more content…
Even though they were very much adjusted to one another and got along so well when they got back home, nothing had changed. When they saw white teammates talking to black teammates everyone starred and no one understood. Coach Boon was not surprised to see how people were acting but he was shocked to find out that when the school gave him the head-coaching job it was because they had to and if he lost a game then he was fired. The people who hired him said that they didn’t even think that he would have made it out of camp.
The football teams love lived on and they stuck together for their first win. As a victory the quarterback who everyone called Sunshine tried to take a few black teammates to dinner. The owner refused service and that was the beginning of them falling apart all over again. The team calls their own meeting trying to get back together, although they are undefeated they weren’t playing well and they knew that wouldn’t work for long. On a major game referees were bribed to call penalties against the Titans, but Coach Yoast knew what they were doing and said he would go to the papers. Turns out they were trying to get Coach Yoast back at the head job and forget about Boon. After a major victory the team captain is involved in a major car wreck and was paralyzed from the waist down. Even though they lost a lot they went on and won the state title. The movie ends
Every day the world leaders call for big actions of kindness and humanity, to fight against racism and to support equality and tolerance. But their words certainly don’t carry as strong of a meaning as the movie ‘Remember the Titans’.
This movie represents one of the revolutionary moments in the history of American sports, where the battle was led between two different races who were on the same team. Despite the powerful and moving message behind the story, there’s so much more to see except Denzel Washingtons emotional and core-shaking speeches and a few bonding moments between teammates.
The movie was released in 200 and was directed by Boaz Yakin, who is both a director, producer and writer on many historically memorable films such as The Punisher, Prince of Persia and Dirty Dancing. The two main roles are played by Denzel Washington, who plays the wise, calm yet passionate coach Boone and Will Paton who plays coach Yoast. The film is based on an integration of a high-school football team in Alexandria, Va. in 1971. The schools in Virginia were segregated for generations, but these students and coaches changed it all. Throughout the entire movie, students, along with the coach as the leader, learn to become a team and overcome the racial differences and become a symbol of unity for the entire community. But the path towards bringing the community together isn’t easy for either of the football players, coaches or their families.
The first impression I got from watching the movie was that it’s not a typical drama. First of all, it’s based on real events which give the entire story a strong background. The film turned out to be intriguing and captivating, not because of the sleek and carefully directed movie scenes, but because of the story itself and the actors who portrayed it so well.
Remember the Titans is a rare movie that succeeds in telling an emotional and revolutionary story of overcoming racism, but at the same time enables to succeed creating convincing and strong characters, settings and a suspense that keeps you going throughout the entire movie.
One of the most powerful scenes that sets the tone and the direction of the entire movie happens at the very beginning of the movie when Coach Boom, played by Denzel, gives a speech to the team stating that this is not a democracy and that he is the law. Eventually, his enthusiasm and loyalty will mirror onto the players.
The musical scenes and the soundtrack complete the entire movie, by setting the tone and atmosphere, and in certain occasions of watching the movie I felt engaged and as if I was present with them. In my opinion, they couldn’t have picked a better soundtrack that evokes suspense, sadness and compassion at just the right moment.
I was impressed by actors and the way the characters were shaped and molded. The director seemed to paint his characters with vivid and cartoonish-like colors. All of the characters stand out in their appearance, the way act and talk, which gives the entire movie a special flavor, and keeps you from getting bored from characters. The tone and power of Denzel Washington’s speeches, and the strong and heartfelt messages it carried wouldn’t have been so compelling if the entire character wasn’t perfected. But Denzel managed to take the roll to perfection and give the entire movie a feeling to be remembered.
Remember the Titans is a movie you shouldn’t miss. Some might find it over-dramatic but in reality, it portrays history with the right balance of emotions, reality, and drama. It shows the injustice, lack of tolerance, racism back in the day, and what people had to go through because of the immense haterade. However, this movie managed to portray how people can overcome every difference when faced with life-threating situations, and how team brings us all together and fades away our differences.