Season of a Lifetime Review
Not so much?
Missing positive payoff you expect from motivational films
Season of a Lifetime tells the story of Coach Jeremy Williams, who is afflicted with ALS (commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Unwilling to step down, he shows his players to never quit; with deteriorating health and hindered by a disease that affects his ability to walk and talk, he attempts to coach the high [...]
Season of a Lifetime tells the story of Coach Jeremy Williams, who is afflicted with ALS (commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Unwilling to step down, he shows his players to never quit; with deteriorating health and hindered by a disease that affects his ability to walk and talk, he attempts to coach the high school program he turned around for one final year.
The film is a narrated documentary with interviews from the coach, his assistant coaches, players and his friends and family in between scenes of him coaching the kids and game footage. The editing, structure and story telling felt like the film lacked fluid cohesion through much of the film. At one point it seems to explain how the team rallies to beat a team by using a story from something that a team several years before went through. While it was an entertaining anecdote, I couldn’t help but feel like it was misplaced within the context of the current season. There are several examples of this happening throughout the film but the lack of correlation didn’t do much to bring the point I think it was trying to make home for me.
One of the coaches makes the comment that this season isn’t the story, but only something that happened in Jeremy’s story. The story was his impact on the kids he coached. I think the movie tried to have a similar sentiment. Unfortunately, only a few small portions of the movie are spent covering that aspect. Early on in the film, some of the kids discuss how he filled that father figure role in their lives during some interviews early on at the beginning then also again during some clips in the credits. While, again, these were great points and would have made an excellent focus, the majority of the film didn’t seem to follow.
I think that underlying story is a good one. Unfortunately, the execution was lacking. If Season of a Lifetime was intended to tell the life story of a great man and how he lived his life, then to tell that story through his experience with a good year his football team coached, then I think that mark was missed. If the point was to tell an inspirational tale of a team overcoming all their adversity with a coach that is facing his own personal adversities, then the story misses due to a disappointing end of the season only just making it to the playoffs. The payoff just isn’t there. To me, this felt more like watching a story segment for the local news that just went way too long.
While the film didn’t really work for me, I think there are those that will enjoy it. The message is positive and heartfelt if you can get past the disjointed flow of the movie. It came across as a meal with good individual courses that just didn’t go well together. Was it enough to spoil the film? Each person’s tastes will be different and I certainly wouldn’t fault anyone for having an appreciation for it. It just didn’t work for me.