Chasing Great

2016

Biography  Documentary  Drama  Sport  

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by nzswanny 9 / 10

A documentary for Richie McCaw fans and people seeking for a decent documentary

UPDATE: This review is not meant to change opinions, and it is okay if you like the movie. I am not trying to offend people who like this film. If you have already watched the film, and enjoyed it, please ignore this review, as I am not trying to anger anybody. Thank you.If you're a huge fan of the All Blacks, or you're a fan of Richie, you'll love this documentary to bits. The documentary is very inspiring, and tells us that you can be anything, even if you are just a small town country kid who lives in New Zealand. That is a good message to put out. However, as I'm not a Richie fan, or a rugby fan, I didn't seem to enjoy this documentary, so I was walking into the cinema with low expectations. So, I didn't exactly enjoy this because I wasn't a fan of Richie McCaw, nor was I a fan of documentaries. However, if you like documentaries and New Zealand Rugby, then this is perfect for you. You'll like this film if you know what you are getting into. If it looks like a good documentary, you'll like it. If it looks terrible, you won't. Simple as that. It's all really a matter of opinion, and I hope not to anger anybody that enjoys the movie. Hopefully you enjoy the movie more than I do.Overall, my personal opinion is 5.9/10, however, I'd give it a 8.4/10. This review is not meant to be offensive, so I'm very sorry if I upset your day. It's perfectly fine if you like this movie.

Reviewed by Monica Wells 9 / 10

Typical kiwi reserve hampers the impact of the story

Ritchie McCaw I believe is the greatest player to have ever graced the game of rugby Union. From the moment he burst onto the rugby scene in NZ till the RWC in 2015 he dominated the game like few others. He was lucky no doubt to be in a team that had a winning percentage unrivaled in world sport but even for the All Blacks his record was outstanding. In 148 test matches for the All blacks he only lost 15 times as well as being awarded the prestigious IRB Rugby world player of the year an unprecedented 3 times.Chasing Great as a documentary is beautifully made and filmed. Technically it is a very impressive achievement. Unfortunately though I didn't enjoy the film as much as i thought I would. Ritchie McCaw and his family are very much atypical rural farming Pakeha (NZers of European descent) family. Stoic, laconic and noticeably unemotional in their demeanour. The typical kiwi bloke uncomplicated and emotionally reserved. These are great characteristics to have when you are playing in the fiery cauldron of Ellis Park but it makes it challenging for films to reveal the interior life of a character if they are not adept at emotional language. There were some good i/vs in the film but unfortunately they weren't Ritchie.It reminded me of his great mates Dan Carters auto biography. It described some huge events but it seemed to lacked real insight on a personal level and a resolve not to delve too deeply or reveal too much emotionally. In comparison again NZs other rugby legend Jonah Lomu gave incredible interviews because he could speak at a deeper emotional level. Whether that's because of Jonahs personal trials or that its a Polynesian vs pakeha thing I don't know.The film does a retrospective of Mccaws career but this is all seen in reference to MCaws last year as All Black captain as he attempts to captain the All Blacks to being the first side in history to win back to back world cups. Unfortunately the drama of this achievement is undermined somewhat by the lack of access the film makers seemingly had to the All Black environment. As a fan it would of been interesting to see how McCaw operated in that environment but there were little or no sequences with his teams mates or within the rugby environment itself .This would of been invaluable in creating a more rounded view of the man as we had to rely on interviews from himself and others to gain any insight. Isuspect this may of had to do with the film makers intention to not make a film for rugby diehards but for a broader audience. The Rugby Unions consents for access may of also played a significant part. Ultimately though this meant that it didn't have enough sophisticated rugby narrative for myself as a rugby fan and at the same time due to the emotional reserve of its main character it also lacked a deeper psychological insight that would of appealed to the wider documentary fan.

Reviewed by nicoleb-13416 9 / 10

Inspiring!!!!!!!

Gosh our media are out of whack. Having read some of the critics reviews on Chasing Great, I went along expecting to see an doco of Richie's life without any great insights into his character. Luckily for me they were so wrong!! The reviews stating that Richie does not open up implies to me that either they really just don't get it; or lack the emotional intelligence to recognise the messages in this doco. Or they are just miserable beggars with nothing good to say about anything that's not quirky dark art house. Lucky for us, the NZ public seems to have a higher level of EQ than the average reviewer, and have fed this back via their social media channels which is overwhelmingly positive.There has even been anecdotal evidence of the way this doco has inspired the young folk of New Zealand. This week MAGs first fifteen won the National Championship. MAGS.Interestingly, they had just taken a team trip to the doco. " t was revealed, they (sic) had viewed the Chasing Great movie as a team on the Saturday and drew some inspiration from that Richie McCaw biopic. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this journey. I laughed and cried (even though Richie didn't). I felt inspired by his open and driven mindset to set goals of my own. I relived moments in sporting history - with sweaty hands over my eyes, my brain tricking me into believing that I didn't know the outcome. When the final World Cup was won and Richie's childhood haka played under this scene, it was a moment of pure magic for me, connecting this legend to the person he had become. This sent shivers down my spine.If I could change one thing - if time had allowed I would have loved to have seen more of the mental side of Richie's preparation, with Ceri Evans. Overall, going again.......and probably again........and will add the DVD to the Santa list

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