Yesterday two things happened. One, the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Brooklyn Nets and two, Thunderstruck was released on DVD, Blu-ray and other forms of viewable media. Following the game, I watched the Thunderstuck. Here is my review.

Spoiler Alert! I’m not going to give anything away that you couldn’t already guess. Not pertaining to the plot anyway. Anything else is a more of a warning.

If you don’t know anything about this movie, it is basically the time-honored story of a young boy who is just terrible at some sort of activity and through magic, unknowingly steals his hero’s powers. He turns from a humble kid who is just glad to be playing basketball to the cocky jock that made fun of him in the beginning of the film and back again.

Yes, I used the word film. Don’t judge me!

I didn’t have very high hopes for Thunderstuck. I had seen the trailer, I had read some very generous reviews, and quite frankly, the production value of the opening credits looks like a poor mans version of anything on ABC Family. If they had been up to ABC Family standards, I would have been more excited.

However, like a basketball season, over time things got better. Over time, the acting got a little better and the story got a little better. And you know what? I learned a few things.

One, I am a sucker for these kind of cheesy, formulaic stories. I just get lost in them. If that makes me stupid or simple, fine…also, go fuck yourself. Everyone likes Space Jam. Same shit.

Two, I love Rumble the Bison and Wanda Pratt. However, I can do without having seen Mrs. Pratt in a cheerleading outfit. Sorry for that spoiler but I felt the need to warn people.

Three, teenage armpit hair weirds me out. Probably because I am 33 and have never really developed any substantial amount of armpit hair. And I’m fine with that.

And finally, movies like this are apparently made out of montages. Here is a list of montages from the movie.

  • Bad at basketball? Montage of missing shots and falling down.
  • At a Thunder game? Game footage montage.
  • Stole Durant’s skills and got good at basketball over night? Kid being surprised every time he makes a shot montage.
  • KD is bad at basketball?! A very painful montage of KD being bad at basketball. I got a little superstitious and nervous at this point and decided that praying this never happens was appropriate.
  • Kid gets on his high school team? Winning games montage.
  • Trying to give Durant his talent back? Wishing montage.

It was at this point I was hoping there would be a montage of all the montages.

Overall, I think Thunderstruck is definitely a movie. I would pick this up if I had a young child who is into basketball? I guess? I don’t know. I don’t know what the demographic for this movie is. Maybe it’s aging children of the late 80s and 90s who like to watch movies when drunk or hungover.

I give it 7 1/2 blocked shots by Serge Ibaka. Enjoy!


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