family friendly, respectful of the Thai people and best of all - free of politics!
Ron Howard and Brian Grazer have done an exemplary job with this film. This is the stuff movies should be made from. Even tho’ I knew the outcome, I didn’t want to miss one second of what happened on screen. There was nothing sensational, no side romances, family catastrophic events, or any other gimmicks to boost a weak script or lousy acting.
Much credit to the dynamic movie duo, they hired Thai people to play, you guessed it, Thai people! To that end, there are subtitles throughout the entire film mixed with English. While youngsters that can read will enjoy the film a bit more, between the extraordinary cinematography and exciting musical score, non-readers will have no trouble figuring out what’s happening. Underwater filming in the cave, in very tight passageways with stalactites/stalagmites and crazy currents with falling waters had me gasping & gulping along with the rescue divers.
Altho’ most viewers will know the ending at the beginning, very few, myself included, had no idea of all the different ways various experts from around the world tried to save these boys and their coach. It was all shown with humility and respect and a complete sense of “WE” and a singleness of purpose: to get those boys and their coach out alive.
An additional benefit from watching this movie is a small look at the beautiful Thai countryside and a much larger look at their culture. I witnessed a strong, respectful, family oriented people who endured 18 days of what I can only imagine is a parent’s worst nightmare and it was done with dignity rarely seen on US television nightly news.
Thrilling from start to finish, the tension is a slow, constant build that might be too much for very young and sensitive kids. There are a few deaths and injuries, (none of the kids/coach), and the portrayal isn’t graphic or sensational. A few soft expletives happen in heat of the moment situations but no f-bombs or compounding. It’s truly few and far between but this movie shouldn’t be.
THIRTEEN LIVES is the best drama I’ve seen so far this year🍿