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May 29

Goal! II: Living The Dream

goal2Genre: Drama
Year: 2007
Country: England

aka: Goal 2

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Starring: Kuno Becker, Stephen Dillane, Anna Friel, Alessandro Nivola, Rutger Hauer

 

The journey continues…

 

Santiago Munez has made it into the first team of Newcastle United and his first period in the club and has shown promise that he could become a world class player. He is also marrying his girlfriend Roz and is adjusting to the British way of life.

Real Madrid is one of the biggest clubs in the galaxy and they have been following his progress since he made it in Newcastle and is now doing what they can to bring him over to Spain. Munez did prove himself in Brittain, but can he do the same in one of the biggest clubs in the world?

The football saga of Santiago Munez continues and it is just as much of a fairy tale this time around. Football has transfer windows, but that doesn’t seem to matter in these films. Real Madrid has already bought Gavin Harris before getting Munez, something that makes little sense considering the performance Harris gave for Newcastle in the first film.

To add to the story, Santi gets to meet his mother and his new step brother in Madrid. The relationship between him and his girl Roz is also having trouble since he is now living in Madrid, while she is keeping her job in Newcastle. Santi also breaks ties with his agent Glen Foy, who helped him get a chance at professional football in the first place.

And here’s the main problem with this film. I don’t care about Santi and if he makes the team or not. He is not a very great guy and while his background helped him in the first film, here he is just another rich young guy who has the world in his hands, yet he can’t seem to take good decisions.

What’s better this time around is the football shots, which are very cinematic and looks more like clips from video games than from a real football match and that’s ok since the film doesn’t attempt to be realistic anyway. It’s also funny to see how they choose to portray Trondheim in Real Madrid’s away match against Rosenborg. The film doesn’t really end with everything being resolved, but rather promises a continuation in the third film. I think they should have been able to tell a full story within the two hours of this film, since this does make this one seem rather pointless in the end.

Goal 2 is a decent continuation, but I would say it is only for those who loved the original. What saved the film for me is the fancy shots of the football matches, other than that the story does very little for me here.

 

 ★★☆☆☆ 

 

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