Writer: Massimiliano Durante, Carmelo Pennisi, David Scheinmann (Screenplay)
Starring: Jack Smith, Brian Cox, Natascha McElhone, Anne Reid, Philip Jackson, Kate Ashfield, James Callis
Plot: A young, gifted football player who gets into trouble for a petty crime is brought to the attention of former Manchester United coach Matt Busby, who comes out of retirement to help the boy and his teammates.
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Verdict: Fun Experience
Story: Believe starts in 1984 Manchester as football mad Georgie Gallagher (Smith) is being dragged to a potential grammar school by his widowed mother Erica (McElhone) to be offered a working-class scholarship. Learning of a football tournament Georgie gets his mates together but finds himself stealing Sir Matt Busby’s (Cox) wallet.
Once Matt tracks down Georgie he makes his deal to coach the team for the tournament but Erica wants to continue pushing Georgie into taking the grammar exam. Matt still haunted by the events of Munich where he has spent his life wondering why he survived over the talented younger men on the plan.
Thoughts on Believe
Characters/Performance – Georgie is what all young boys who love football wish they could have, the skills to play, the desire to become the next star of the sport. He is easily distracted at school because of his dreamer side but deep down he is broken because of the death of his father. Sir Matt is one of the most iconic football managers of all time, looking at an older version of the man shows how haunted he is by the tragedy he made it through. Erica is the protective single mother who does want the best for her son but is also struggling with her own past.
Performance wise Brian Cox is great throughout with Natascha McElhone gives us a great supporting performance. Jack Smith along with the other boys are all great here working to make us believe their own dreams.
Story – This is a story about follow your dreams even if you are being haunted by tragedy in your own life, be it Georgie losing his father or Sir Matt after the plane crash. This is mostly family based film that shows how you can’t just give up on dreams as long as you give them everything you can.
Drama – The drama in this film is about how grief can fuel dreams with each character dealing with their own problems to make it the story of never giving up.
Final Thoughts – This is a film you can easily enjoy from start to finish if you are a fan of football.
Overall: Football fans enjoy this one.