Clint Eastwood is one of those directors who manages to take home the gold for many of his actors and his films. Million Dollar Baby won 4 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. Invictus didn’t win any Oscars this year, but the film was still very well made and was nominated for Best Actor in both Leading and Supporting Roles.
Invictus tells the true story of how the South Africa rugby team pulls together to win the 1995 World Cup. Morgan Freeman plays Nelson Mandela, the first black president and the first president of South Africa to be voted for democratically by everyone in the nation. He strives for peace in South Africa, and he attempts to bring the people of the nation together through rugby. François Pienaar (Matt Damon) is the captain of the South African Rugby Team, he begins to have meetings with Mandela about rugby and the World Cup. Together, the two leading characters work together to lift their nation to the top of the rugby world.
Morgan Freeman is, as usual, nothing short of brilliant. In Invictus he takes his role even further than usual, adapting to a South African accent and stepping brilliantly into the shoes of Nelson Mandela. He has been looking for a film about Mandela for some time, and Freeman nails the role. Matt Damon is a gifted actor and he manages to hold his own on screen with Freeman. Damon also steps into a South African accent, new hair color and a rugby shirt for his role as Pienaar. Damon is great in the role, and both of these actors deserved their Oscar nominations (Matt Damon was up against Christopher Waltz- who was amazing).
Clint Eastwood deserves a lot of credit, not only in the making of this film, but in his entire career. He manages once again to direct an amazing picture. The story of Mandela and South Africa could not be told through a better view. Clint Eastwood has moved from actor to director, and become one of the most successful actor/directors of our time.
Invictus is a good movie. The acting is great, the directing is done very well and it all comes together nicely. Invictus is a motivational sports film about believing in your dreams. However, the film also combines the history and amazing story of Nelson Mandela to make this picture a brilliant mix of the political and athletic side of rugby, and what it takes to bring together a nation in a time of peril.