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.
To create such a remarkable film is exhausting. Remember the Titans the film that I have created is inspiring, exciting and watching it is an experience you won’t forget. Created and produced in 2000 Remember the Titans has had much work, devotion and persistence put into it. The film distributes many reasons of why it should be in the 2014 Human rights Literature and Film festival. Remember the Titans has become such a marvellous piece of display, showing how black and white unite for the better. The reason why Remember the Titans is such a valuable film is because it shows that two races can come together for the better to prosper and strive. This unique film shows that racial discrimination can be overcome.
Remember the Titans shows prejudice, but then again don’t we all have a preconceived opinion of others? I believe we do. A key scene where prejudice is shown is when the players are about to go to camp at Gettysburg. Coach Boone has just arrived, he walks over to the coaches and gives them his play book. He is then approached and confronted by his Team Captain Gerry Bertier and team member Ray Budds. Gerry says to Coach Boone “I’m the only all American you got”. He tells Coach Boone that he must reserve half of the team for the white players.
The Dialogue also says “we don’t need none of your people in the defence line” Gerry referring to “your people” is categorising the team players as black and labels them as the “other”. While Bertier is in a confrontation with Coach Boone an over the shoulder close up shot is used. This shot establishes tension by the sober facial expressions and later a long shot shows hostile stance and posture. This scene shows how harsh and blunt prejudice is in Remember the Titans.
Remember the Titans is more than a film about winning, it involves uniting the two black and white races so they come together and form a friendship, a bond like no other this is why for camp the players were taken to the battle of Gettysburg. During the camp coach Boone made the players take a 100 mile run to the burial grounds of the fallen soldiers. Boone says “I don’t care if you like each other right now, but you will respect each other. And maybe – I don’t know, maybe we’ll learn to play this game like men…” The technique is the use of the dialogue and the interpretation of this quote means that no matter how much racial hate the players have for each other they must learn to respect each other and if they do they can win.
Taking the players on Camp would have been the most important action for Coach Boone, because if they sleep, live, train and practice together like those soldiers they have to come together as one, respect each other and work as a team. This scene shows that Remember the Titans is more than just about winning and how friendship and trust must be formed for them to succeed.
Remember the Titans is one of a kind, and one of a kinds are unique its uniqueness can be seen in the way it teaches us to overcome racism. In the beginning of the film, the white and black members of the team hate each other. The white players of the team don’t “want to play with those black animals”. The black players don’t want to integrate either necessarily because they don’t “trust your people to be honest”. A scene where this is seen clearly is when Ray and Petey are forced to learn about each other in camp. The two players are sitting on opposite sides facing each other like adversaries. The camera angle technique is a mid-shot. Dividing them is a path running between them up towards a big traditional door of Gettysburg College.
This path represents the tradition of racism in America between blacks and whites all the way back to slave-ownership times that divides Alan and Petey in the present day. This camera shot is combined with a dialogue that is suspicious, personal and hurtful. The film remember the titans sends a message that a racism war has been fought for so many years and is still going, but these boys overcame racism and became one. Remember the Titans shows us how racial discrimination was overcame. It shows that it is possible for any age or race to be united and that together you can overcome racial discrimination and be stronger, this is why this film is so important and it would be a great film to be shown at the 2014 human rights literature and film festival. To not show it in the festival would be an abomination. Remember the Titans presents a memorable message that can help us overcome racial discrimination and work towards creating a fair and equal society.