Thursday, May 10, 2007

Movie Review: "The Flying Scotsman"

I finally caught a screening of "The Flying Scotsman" this morning after spin class at the gym. The plot is kind of thin unless you're a real cycling fan; I can't imagine anyone else going to see this movie. It really wants to be a cycling movie more than a biopic about Graeme Obree and his battle against manic depression.

We do a lot of time trials in spin class (our 5-day-a-week instructor is a former racer and has built a nice program for us), so a one-hour race against the clock must be devastating and require incredible focus and conditioning.

The performances by Jonny Lee Miller as Graeme Obree, Brian Cox as Douglas Baxter (remember him from "Rob Roy"?) and Billy Boyd (from "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy) as Malky dominate the movie (Cox is a veteran character actor). But it is racing scenes at the velodromes that make this movie special for its primary audience: cyclists.

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Movie Review: "The Flying Scotsman"

I finally caught a screening of "The Flying Scotsman" this morning after spin class at the gym. The plot is kind of thin unless you're a real cycling fan; I can't imagine anyone else going to see this movie. It really wants to be a cycling movie more than a biopic about Graeme Obree and his battle against manic depression.

We do a lot of time trials in spin class (our 5-day-a-week instructor is a former racer and has built a nice program for us), so a one-hour race against the clock must be devastating and require incredible focus and conditioning.

The performances by Jonny Lee Miller as Graeme Obree, Brian Cox as Douglas Baxter (remember him from "Rob Roy"?) and Billy Boyd (from "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy) as Malky dominate the movie (Cox is a veteran character actor). But it is racing scenes at the velodromes that make this movie special for its primary audience: cyclists.

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