As a director, George Clooney is obsessed with the past. With the exception of the contemporary The Ides of March and futuristic The Midnight Sky, all of his movies have been set decades ago. He's traveling back nearly a century for his latest turn at the helm.
Based on the best-selling book, The Boys in the Boat tells the story of the University of Washington rowing team and their journey from ragtag nobodies to Olympians. Callum Turner (the Fantastic Beasts franchise) plays Joe Rantz. He's a destitute man who joins up more for the housing than the athletic glory. Joel Edgerton plays the team coach, alongside a solid cast of "that guys." This should earn comparisons to another mild but inspirational sports biopic: Chariots of Fire. But I'm sure Clooney would be just fine with that, since it was nominated for seven Oscars and won Best Picture.
The Boys in the Boat docks in theaters on Christmas Day.