I just had the opportunity to watch the movie Invictus, starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. I have been looking forward to seeing the movie ever since it was released, since I spent several years living in Swaziland, right next door to South Africa, and I was there during the time the events of the movie were taking place.
To my shame, I did not pay much attention to what was going on in South Africa either politically or on the sports scene while I was living in that part of the world. I was young and preoccupied with school, but that really isn’t much of an excuse. So it was refreshing to see a movie that dealt with events that happened very close to home, so to speak.
The movie was well done, but I am not sure many American viewers will understand the portions of rugby that are portrayed in the movie. However, rugby is only part of the movie. There is a great deal of politics present in regards to what Mandela had to work through after becoming South Africa’s president, as well as some of Mandela’s personal history. Overall, a great story and a great movie.
It does make me wonder though, are there any sports that could bring the entire US together as rugby united South Africa in 1995? I rather doubt it.