Written August 01, 2014
inspiring movie. anyone interested in running, particularly running a marathon, should see this movie. great individual stories of several runners' stories from newbies to veterans to professional runners. the movie goes in depth into the personal lives of the runners. loved it. we saw it in the same theatre that Julie Weiss saw it. Julie is one of the runners featured in the movie. She ran 52 marathons in 52 weeks to spread the word about pancreatic cancer which caused the loss of her father.
Written June 13, 2013
The first Spirit of the Marathon was outstanding...this one is "off the chart"...from the setting in Rome to the amazing personal stories of each runner's journey, this had it all. It really captures the "spirit" for me, and what an incredible group of runners selected! You just fell in love with all of them. KUDOS!!! FYI...stay through the trailers, you MUST SEE the
World Vision featurette at the end of the credits!
Written July 25, 2014
I'm sad that this was a One Night Only movie. Whether you want to complete a marathon, half marathon, 10K or 5K this movie will inspire you.
Seeing the backstory of the runners, watching their struggles on and off training, seeing their triumphs of spirit and body was incredibly moving.
I highly recommend you check it out when it gets to Netflix if you missed it in theaters.
Written July 26, 2014
I loved Spirit of the Marathon I. II is just as good. If you are a runner or you know someone who is, you need to see this movie. I've run one marathon in the US. Running a marathon in Rome is now on my bucket list.
Written July 30, 2014
My wife and I saw this movie with our kids yesterday. Several observations:
1. It is not as good as SOTM 1. We really disliked how the movie had the actual marathon all the characters were training for shown as pieces throughout the movie. In the first movie the marathon was the culmination of all the training. Too much bouncing around.
2. If you are not a runner you may not like this movie. The stories are good, but the energy really comes from connecting to the character as a runner.
3. Loved that it took place in Rome. Of course with that comes subtitles for much of the movie.
4. There is a documentary following the movie about how runners have helped build wells and bring clean water to people in Africa through World Vision. This part was fantastic.
I enjoyed the movie, but I think it was because of my passion for marathons, not necessarily because it was a good film.