Written December 29, 2014
If you've run a marathon or are thinking about running a marathon, then this movie will inspire you to reach that goal. As a veteran marathoner it touched so many thoughts and emotions about running and the marathon itself. Very thoughtful and poweful as it shows the lives of a handful of people from all walks of life and how running has touched their lives. If you run, you will definitely get this movie!
Written September 24, 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 February 01, 2015
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.
Written December 20, 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 July 03, 2015
I am a marathoner and saw the first Spirit of the Marathon while training for my first marathon so it has a special purpose in my heart. This movie was good, but I did not find people that I identified with like in the first one. But then there are thousands of marathoners that I cannot identify with in real life. I could understand the overall process and the journeys of each runner. Each was different illustrating the univesality of marathon running. I loved the snippets of historical information splashed across the screen before the actual interviews began. I also appreciated the fact that not all of the runners were confident. Some had doubts about finishing or reaching their goals. Some succeeded while others did not which is what actually happens. I recommend it.