Kevin Costner does good sports movies.
Field of Dreams. Bull Durham. Tin Cup. And my personal favorite, For Love of the Game.
And Draft Day does not disappoint.
The NFL was squarely behind this movie, so all the teams are real franchises. Costner manages the Cleveland Browns and wheels and deals with teams like the Seattle Seahawks. There are so many cameos by NFL players and ESPN announcers, you kinda forget it’s a movie; it certainly looks like the actual draft that you’ve seen on TV.
The only clunky part for me is the romantic relationship. While it can be an integral part in films like For Love of the Game, here Costner’s scenes with co-star Jennifer Garner grind the action to a halt. While she certainly has reason to distract him, you have to wonder why a sports fan like her would.
It’s draft day, for cripes sake!