Perhaps, a lot would agree that this is one of the best basketball movies in the film industry. Blue Chips is definitely a front-runner if you wish to watch a prudent basketball movie. It offers the audience a real taste of what a basketball life is. That is from the life perspectives of a coach, the wife’s coach (on this case, an ex-wife), the players and those others who are trying to get themselves involved. It caters a different approach which every basketball lover would intensely relate to. What even makes Blue Chips an awesome realistic movie is that everyone can depict the circumstances and grasp the feelings from it immediately. The emotional turning points are how these characters’ lives are being deeply involved with their basketball careers.
Blue Chips is a basketball movie featuring the slowly deteriorating life of a 50-year old college basketball coach. It starts with showing how frustrated Coach Pete is with his current team and unfortunately, with his life. He used to have it all- a successful coaching career and a great wife. Until his coaching team has come into realizations of recruiting new players to move their team forward. He succeeds in coming in first with the two players they were eying except that the players’ parents are asking for something more. One exciting part of the movie is when Coach Pete discovered Neon (Shaquille O’Neal). Neon is a tall kid with impressive potentials including the fact that he has never been coached. Here then uproots how great Coach Pete is in his profession. The story mainly evolves on how these amazing players such as Neon (Shaq), Butch (Penny Hardaway), and Ricky (Matt Nover) are dragged into the team. Until apprehensions paved its way to Coach Pete’s mind and heart. It is a fascinating inspirational basketball movie.
My favourite plot and personal thoughts
There are some remarkable scenes from the movie which speaks audibly to the movie watchers. As a personal choice, one of which that strikingly grasp my attention is the Press Conference scene right after Coach Pete’s team won against Indiana. It is when he blurted out that he is a part of the problem. He has cheated his profession. He has cheated himself. And he has cheated basketball. He has made his audience awed by his bravery of admitting his faults and eventually quitting his job. With this, how many of us have the guts to admit our mistakes in front of those we have hurt? How many of us could even dare walk away from what supposedly should be a glorious moment? A moment which everybody applauds and recognizes your great abilities, on this case Coach Pete’s coaching. Let us face it. He is a brave man. Someone we could look up to. He may just be a movie character but his action truly made a huge impact. It may also be too ideal for ordinary people like us but still it could be possible. I believe that there are sincere persons who have faith and heart over their egos. One engaging fact the movie brings forth is the lesson that “Cheaters never win.” Honesty still counts. Because what matters most is how we truthfully gained our success. For at the end of the road, it is still whether we attempted and walked in the lighted path. It is truly a heart-warming and captivating movie.
Starring the movie are Nick Nolte as Coach Pete, Shaquille O’Neal as Neon, Penny Hardaway as Butch, Matt Nover as Ricky, Anthony C. Hall as Tony, and Mary McDonnel as Coach Pete’s wife Jenny. It is directed by William Friedkin, who has been nominated and awarded with prestigious awards.
William Friedkin, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Friedkin
Blue Chips, www.netflix.com