Film review by Steve Duffy –
Race is based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens (Stephan James), the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy.
James was charming and likeable as Owens. Jason Sudeikis portrays Larry Snyder, Owens’ coach. I love that Sudeikis is expanding and stepping out of his comedic comfort zone to play more serious characters.
Race barley touches the surface of Owen’s record-breaking Olympic wins. I wish it had explored more of his experiences while at Ohio State and his life after the Olympics.
Unfortunately, it felt more like a Lifetime movie instead a motion picture, which lacked the real significance about what was happening in the world at the time. Also, I never really got a true sense of the greatness of Jesse Owens and the man he was.
Still worth a see, because watching history unfold even on the movie screen is worth it, especially if you do not know a lot about Owens.
Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements and language
Runtime: 2 hr. 14 min.