MOVIE REVIEW: “Jerry Maguire” stars Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible, Minority Report), Cuba Gooding Jr. (Radio, Rat Race), Renée Zellweger (Bridget Jones’s Diary, Cinderella Man), Regina King (Ray, Enemy of the State), Bonnie Hunt (Cheaper by the Dozen , The Green Mile), Jonathan Lipnicki (Stuart Little, The Little Vampire), Jay Mohr (Small Soldiers, Pay it Forward), Kelly Preston (Twins, Sky High), and Jerry O’Connell (Stand by Me, Kangaroo Jack). It is written and directed by Cameron Crowe (We Bought a Zoo, Vanilla Sky). As a top sports agent with a lot of contracts, Jerry Maguire (Cruise), is living the high life. He’s making tons of money, has a fiancée, and a job that he loves doing, so what more could he ask for? One day when one of his clients gets injured, Maguire experiences a revelation when his client’s little kid gets angry over Maguire letting his dad get hurt and not doing anything about it, but trying to put him back out to play. During this revelation, Maguire stays up all night writing a paper in which he spills out all of his heart over how cynical the sports agencies are becoming and how they should make actual relationships with their clients. He shares this mission statement with his sports agency, but they don’t share the same opinion and Jerry ends up hitting rock bottom. Now, he has to climb back to the top by getting an unknown athlete to stardom.
“You had me at hello.” Tom Cruise does it again in this great ensemble of storytelling and performances that is sure to give the viewer one heck of a journey. I had relatively high expectations of this film because it is one of Cruise’s most defined or well-talked about movies and I constantly see it brought up when it comes to Cruise (that and his stunts). I didn’t know what this movie was about when I first picked it up, but I didn’t need to. All I needed to know was whether it would meet my requirements or its ratings. I pretty much stated it in the second sentence, this is a really good movie and it was very entertaining. Let me start by discussing the plot. This isn’t the typical Tom Cruise movie I’d usually watch, like Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation,” so I was really hoping that this wouldn’t be boring and actually give me some good material to work with. It has a rather original story to it and it was unpredictable, which is a plus. The endgame is able to be identified soon enough, but I had a fun time nonetheless. What this movie offers is a character who you can feel for. He hits the lows of life and is struggling to get back to his former glory and at some points of the film I could really feel the emotion of Cruise in just trying to get a point across (like the “help me to help you” scene). All of the performances were really good in this movie. Cuba Gooding Jr. was a fantastic addition to the cast. He acted much differently than what I usually see him as and I only saw his character, not himself. Renée Zellweger was also great in this and she definitely gave a character that has opposite morals than Maguire himself. She believes in him more than his own self. There’s a lot of material that goes on in this movie. You have the Jerry-Dorothy (Zellweger) fling, the Tidwell (Gooding Jr.) dilemma, and then you have Jerry trying to conquer his inner conscience that is trying to come out. Dialogue has to be filled and with that comes some memorable scenes as well as quotes, like the one I wrote as the first sentence. It’s a well-written script and I commend Cameron Crowe for throwing together such a great narrative. It also has funny scenes which I did laugh at from time to time, and romance or quirky scenes that are sure to make one smile. Everything really comes together at a defining moment however at the end when the football game comes to a close and Jerry Maguire gives his speech. It’s a very good scene and it really tied the journey up after going through the same dilemma Maguire had to, as a viewer. When it comes to cons, I have two, but they can be combined into one if you look at it in a certain perspective. The first would be how some scenes seemed to be prolonged for too long. One that comes to mind is the porch scene with Jerry Maguire and Dorothy. That scene seemed to have lasted forever. The last con would be how this film can get slow at times. There’s a lot of things to cover, like I stated before, so this movie clocks in around two hours and nineteen minutes, making it a long ride. Not all of it drags, only some parts. Overall, I enjoyed this film a lot. It brings a good-feeling atmosphere and I am sure anyone will enjoy it. If you haven’t seen this and are of age to watch it (it does have vulgar language), then I recommend you to see it! FINAL SCORE: 94%= Juicy Popcorn
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