Believe {Review}

Count not the cost nor fear the pain, if great success you wish to gain.  Dare to be wise.

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The movie Believe is the story of George, a troubled young boy who struggles to find his place in the world after the death of his father.  Paralleling George’s story is Matt Busby, a former soccer (football) player and team manager who is dealing with his own demons.  Their worlds collide when George steals Matt’s wallet.  Rather than turn George in to the police, Matt decides to coach George and his friends’ haphazard soccer team to be able to compete in the Jr. Cup.  All the while, George battles his mother for control of his future as she pushes him to enroll in a prestigious and exclusive grammar school.  To George, it seems as though his passion for soccer and his mother’s desires for him cannot peacefully co-exist.  Mother and son must figure out a way to come together with their different visions.

I enjoyed this movie.  It’s unfortunately rare these days to find movies that you can comfortably watch with your children.  Believe is a wonderful example of why it’s so important for parents and children to communicate with each other.  So many of the conflicts between little George and his mother could have been avoided had he just been willing to open up to her, and had she been more willing to listen to what he was trying to say.

Believe is inspired by the real life Matt Busby, who was the coach for Manchester United in the 1950’s.  In 1958, on the way back from the European cup, the team’s plane crashed, killing seven of the players.  Busby himself was severely injured and it was more than two months before he was released from the hospital.  It is this event is what continually haunts Busby in the film.

One of my favorite parts had to do with the motto of the grammar school George was to attend.  “Dare to be wise.”  The first few lines of the school song read:

Count not the cost nor fear the pain, if great success you wish to gain.  Dare to be wise.

So many of us have dreams that we have shoved aside simply because we didn’t believe we were good enough or that the sacrifice was worth it.  This is a repeating theme of the movie.  At one point an antagonist in the movie seems to embrace the full meaning of this phrase and turns around to become somewhat of a hero to the children.  I love the deeper meanings of this event: Among others, the idea that it is never too late to become the person you have always wanted to be.

Starting this Friday (Sep. 12), Believe will be playing in select theaters across the country.  Check out the website to see if it is playing near you!

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