Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 -June 30th

Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 (2008)
English- Documentary
Rated “PG”
Runtime- 104 min.
dir. Kevin Rafferty

As strange documentary ended up being stranger than I thought it would be.  For example, one of the things that ran through my head when I was watching the film was that it would be embarrassing for this movie to have a crew bigger than a dozen people.  Then I learned that it was almost completely made by just one guy, and I had to give him some credit.


Story/Writing: 1.5/2

A lot of the important parts are pretty much done for him as far as the story and interesting things.  Footage of the 1968 game is inter-cut with interviews of the players as they are now.  For a one-man job, the quality of the interviews and plot structure isn’t bad.

Acting: 1.5/2

The portraits painted of the players as middle-aged men are very interesting to hear, especially so when there are conflicting accounts given.  Surprising to me was that Tommy Lee Jones made an appearance, as he was on the Harvard team at the position of tackle.

Photography/Set: .5/2

Even for a one-man show, this isn’t excusable.  A lot of bad framing and failure to make the background look proper for and interview.

Sound/FX: 1/2

Pretty good.  The game footage is a good quality, and the mics were well tested for the interviews.

Misc: 1.5/2

A fairly interesting subject matter pulled out of focus by sub-par execution.


Give it a watch if your interest is piqued by the title, but if sounds like it might bore you, it probably will.

About svolkmer

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