I absolutely loved “Ice The Movie”, and enjoyed it just as much on my second viewing. It’s an invigorating, inspirational story about dreams, the tremendous self-sacrifice of fulfilling them and the importance of friendship, trust and how to overcome adversity. It conveys the struggles and triumphs of having a life-long dream, at such a young age, and the self-sacrifice, drive, passion, focus and unwavering commitment to achieve it.
I loved the use of the alarm clock each morning, to convey the passion, discipline and commitment that Bailey and Peyton have for skating, despite their young age. I also loved how the movie shows the darker side of competition, the pressure and adverse effects of parents who want their daughter to succeed at all cost, to serve their own interest. I loved the contrast between Nick, Bailey’s caring dad, who initially has trouble letting go and Peyton’s dad, who pressures Peyton to win at all cost, causing her to develop performance anxiety.
The performances of Bailey, Peyton, Nick and the entire cast are superb and a real tour of force. Bailey and Peyton are especially believable and inspirational as skating prodigies, rivals, best friends and fierce competitors in the pressure packed, high stakes world of elite figure skating.
Excellent writing as well as fantastic pacing, suspense, conflict, believable dialogue and humor. I loved the skating montages and the music! It moves the story forward and elevates the emotional experience to where I had a lump in my throat at the end. Bailey and Peyton’s skating is truly amazing and really elevates the authenticity so that the audience can have a truly memorable experience.
I love how Bailey perseveres through incredibly daunting odds, which are both realistic and inspiring. Ultimately I loved the character dynamics between Bailey and Peyton and really appreciated the tremendous growth in both of them. Ice The Movie brilliantly and deeply explores the emotions of fear, confidence, playfulness, introversion and extroversion, which makes us want to route for both Bailey and Peyton, even though only one can win the gold.