Chasing Great review

Chasing Great review

Chasing Great - a film about All Black great Richie McCaw - has hit cinemas, just in time for Father's Day.

Cameras followed McCaw for the last 365 days of his career in the lead-up to last year's historic Rugby World Cup victory.

So while we know the result, looking back in time with joyous hindsight as we are, McCaw and his team do not.

In a bid to discover who McCaw really is and what makes him tick, the filmmakers bring his family into fold.

Home video footage shot by McCaw Sr, a man clearly ahead of his time, paints an appealing picture of the Kurow farm boy who would be king of a far more lucrative paddock and who would rise to become a rugby great - a GAB in fact, a Great All Black.

This is no rags-to-Richie tale - no wrong side of the tracks overcoming all the odds to triumph on the international sporting stage. This is the story of what drives ordinary blokes to commit to a singular vision, set against the backdrop of a little country that takes its national sport very, very seriously.

I went in expecting a film about a Great All Black on a journey to win back-to-back Rugby World Cups and that's exactly what I got.

Like any All Black-blooded Kiwi I am perfectly happy to relive those heady moments of victory, and even the horrors of the French losses, especially in all their glory on the big screen with the extra insider access that the filmmakers give us.

Four stars.


     Chasing Great:: Directors: Justin Pemberton, Michelle Walshe :: Rating: G:: Running Time: 105 minutes:: Release Date: In cinemas now

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