What: We Are Marshall
Who: Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox and Anthony Mackie
What’s the story: A true example that anything is possible if you believe and have the courage to do so. We Are Marshall tells the true story of the 1970 plane crash that killed 37 football players and eight athletic coaching and training staff from Marshall University’s Thundering Herd team and showcases the courageous aftermath of how the team was rebuilt and how the community’s healing inspired a nation.
Where: Based in Huntington, West Virginia in the U.S., at Marshall University.
Why it’s amazing: We Are Marshall is a reminder that there is light at the end of a dark tunnel. This team, this university and this community experienced a tragic loss in 1970. Instead of remaining in the dark shadows of grief, they acted. They rose together, rebuilt their Thundering Herd and supported each other to heal their hearts. Also, who doesn’t love a great football movie? And it is a true story. Great combination.
What is bad about it: This movie did not receive the most favourable reviews from all film critics, but it is still worth a watch. Matthew McConaughey’s performance was very touching. However his accent made me giggle a few times.
Wonderful scene in the movie: The students and supporters of Marshall University’s Thundering Herd chant “We Are Marshall” outside the building where the university administrators are having a meeting to decide if they should cancel the school’s football program for the year.
Fun Fact: 4+ former NFL players made cameo appearances in the movie.
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