A sport film is an film genre which makes use of sport as the main theme of the movie. It’s a fictional production where a sport, namely sport, event, player, or fan of sport are heavily involved, and that rely strongly on sport for their overall plot resolution or goal. The term sport can be used in a generic sense to refer to any sort of dramatic storytelling involving sports. There are many movies and television programs which have been successful in this regard.
One such successful example is the Austin Powers: Gold Edition. The movie simply revolves around Austin Powers taking on all the fun world of professional sport. It features one of the best sports actors of all time in Michael Caine, as well as many other talented performers from different genres. The movie, as most sports movies, showcases a variety of athletes from various sports, but it mostly makes use of sports as the main subject matter. It is an interesting comparison, because while almost all of them use some form of sport in their story, they also usually tell a bit about the characters’ lifestyle and how they view their sport as well.
Another movie that comes to mind when discussing this subject is Rocky. In the movie, Rocky Balboa (Sacha Baron Braun) is an ex-professional sport boxer who goes on to become the World Heavyweight champion. It’s quite an amazing feat considering that Balboa was once known only as “The Cobra”. The movie is famous for its use of sportswriters, and many of the punches, and exchanges involving Rocky and his friends are quite remarkable in and of themselves, even though it’s still not something you’d consider truly realistic.
The late George Lucas obviously has a long fascination with sport, having written the excellent Star Wars trilogy based on the space race, and also having worked on the Toy Story film franchise. As you may be able to tell from the numerous science fiction, space, and movie references throughout the movies, he enjoys speaking about and analyzing sport. His latest movie, Star Trek Into Darkness, also has plenty of dialogue within the context of space, which only serves to highlight his love for the subject.
Finally, Spiderman is perhaps the best known comic book movie with the highest level of popularity, so many people probably think that it’s the greatest film of all time based upon this alone. To some extent, this is true, especially since the Spiderman franchise has so many recurring elements that have made it such a popular series. The main story line takes place in New York City, and Spiderman spends a good portion of the movie dealing with the darker side of this city whilst fighting crime. The level ofacy is high, as Spiderman deals with a lot of the same aspects of fighting crime that we’ve come to expect from Spiderman films, which is why it’s no surprise that the comics have lasted so long and still are one of the most popular comic book series out there.
Movies and sport can also cross over quite well, with action movies such as Rocky being one of the most popular sports stories of all time. It’s very much an underdog story, which goes against the grain of most of Hollywood’s current trends, but it’s still a great film, and the boxing match that takes place at the end of the film was something that had people in a frenzy. Sport stories have also permeated through Hollywood in the form of baseball and basketball, although the success of the X-Men series has been somewhat unexpected given its superhero status. With the success of Fantastic Four: Rise of Mr. Fantastic and the critical acclaim of Age of Autism, it seems that audiences are finally beginning to recognize superhero films for what they are.