When ten-year-old Santiago Munez crossed the Mexican border into America, he had two things with him - his football and a ragged picture of the FIFA World Cup. This rags-to-riches story of trial and tribulation, love and loss, tragedy and triumph is the most realistic football movie ever made. From real superstars, to real games in real stadiums, to unprecedented access at Newcastle United, GOAL! will have you out of your chair and on your feet, cheering for the gifted footballer as he makes his way from the barrios of Los Angeles to the majestic fields of St. James' Park.
Enjoyable rags to riches football story about a lad from Brazil (via LA) that gets to play for Newcastle. An interesting cameo from Beckham with appearances from Raul, Zidane and the Newcastle first team - even Sven shows up at a party. Stonking soundtrack that'll be greatly appreciated by most people not just the footie crowd. Not really one for non footie fans, but if you're interested or even have a passing interest give this a rent. If you're not a footie fan (shame on you) do yourself a favour and check out the soundtrack album.
Not being a footie fan, I was pleasantly surprised by this film which was totally engaging from start to finish. Explores father/son issues and relationships between people who have to work together as part of a team. Basically a rags to riches story with the main character being so likeable that you find yourself cheering him on throughout. A lovely story which will have you grinning from ear to ear and walking away with that "feel good" glow.
this film was one i would have never picked up off the shelf in a shop. my dad saw this film and added to the list. this film may come across as a "boys" film but i thought it was great! i probably would watch this film again and would recommend it to both genders.