Caught a sneak of Miracle and thought I would share the experience. Sports movies have one of the most rigid structures in all of film. They start with a down on their luck team, a newly hired coach with a past, and a motley crew of kids who can't work together. He then ties them together by stressing them and pushing them to their limits while still forming them into a workable team. They meet their chosen enemies, usually relegated to being faceless machines built to win games, in the final ultimate game after having lost to them once before and win at the very last minute to the roar of the crowd. The difference here is that it's all based on a real event. And for that reason, it really does work. There is that uncommon feeling that you're watching an authentic and amazing event that elevates this above the typical sports flick. They do very well to establish the feelings at the time, with nice reminders about the crisis points the country was going through at the time. They also do a great job of creating the intimidating Soviet team by showing footage and discussion of their skill and success. All of these brought just the right ingredients towards emotionally investing the audience into The Big Game. And, based on both my reaction and that of my audience, worked very well. They also did a good job of avoiding wholesale jingoism, which is a danger with an Olympic story like this. The game footage was very well done, with just the right amount of commentary to let you know what's happening without making it felt overly narrated. Even a hockey novice could enjoy the game as it was shown, and the pace never lagged. The cast was uniformly good, and the full 20 man team was well represented and easily differentiated despite the period haircuts. Kurt does a good job of losing himself in the role and handles the rousing speeches and smaller character moments with some ease. Is the movie predictable? Sure, but I can't fault them too much because they have a bit of history to wrangle with. See it if you like a good sports movie, if you like a film with a good positive spirit, or if you want to see what seriously hard work and dedication can do. I certainly enjoyed it. I would give it (out of four).