Written July 24, 2016
I have watched the original "Spirit of the Marathon" several times, always enjoying it. I was concerned that a sequel would be difficult to pull off, as it would either need to completely rework the formula or it would seem repetitive. The result seemed like a mixed bag. The formula wasn't quite the same as the first movie. It seemed more random and unstructured. It used many of the same former elite marathoners, which I thought was a mistake. They just seemed older without adding anything to what they contributed to the first movie. I thought the one notable good exception was Haile Gebrselassie, who was quite interesting. I loved the scenery around Rome, and the movie has made me think about running the Rome Marathon. But the downside is that most of the featured athletes were non-English speakers. I spent most of the movie reading sub-titles, when I wanted to enjoy the scenery on the big screen. All in all, a slight disappointment. Only for obsessive runners to enjoy!
Written May 22, 2017
What an amazing tribute to every level of runner! From first time marathoners, to seasoned marathoners, to professionals, this movie touches it all. It shared their touching stories, their triumphs, their troubles. I loved watching them cross the finish line, loves the "after" stories. Every runner will benefit from this movie, it will put your training into perspective and turn your doubts into "can do"s. See this movie!
Written March 24, 2017
This movie tracks 7 athletes, training for and running the Rome Marathon.
Their personal stories are interleaved with general marathon background and history and plays mostly with the stunning backdrop of Rome.
The stories are mostly compelling. There are some good emotional moments showing the mindset of people who run marathons, the different reasons that motivate each runner and the challenges each faces.
My favorite was the older italian guy "Mimmo" he is so sweet, the owner of a pizzeria in Rome. You feel like you want to know this guy, run with him and eat at his restaurant. The American male runner (Cliff Scott) brought my wife to tears with his backstory.
Least appreciated character - Julie - way too California - her backstory was interesting, but she was a bit goofy. If she were my pace group leader, I'd set a PR in order to run away from her.
In short, this movie will touch you, make you want to train and run marathons, and make you hungry for italian food
Written May 22, 2017
In the same vein as the original - following several runners - from beginners to professionals - through their training to a marathon. This one in Rome, Italy. Cuts from the race to the back story for each runner.
Very enjoyable and very motivating.
Written January 19, 2017
First of all, I am not a runner, nor will I ever be. However my wife is and that is why I went to see this. I went there with no expectations on how this movie was going to be. I seen a little of the first movie and that it was cool because it was in Chicago and that is where I am from and live. However, this movie is much more that just a movie about the marathon. It is about different kinds of people from different parts of the world, all with the same goal, and different ways / journeys they had trying to achieve it. The acting, there is no acting in this movie, these are real people, with real emotions, which is one of the things so great about it. This is a must see for all, it moves you, and even if you have no intentions on running ever in your life, this movie will inspire you to do whatever you wish, no matter what it is!