Thursday, July 8, 2021

Marathon Review: Hits The Ground Running With Quirky Runners

Kimia Behpoornia	Kimia Behpoornia	...	Emilou Paunch Jimmy Slonina	Jimmy Slonina	...	Ed Clap Andrew Hansen	Andrew Hansen	...	Ryan O'Brien Roberto Raad	Roberto Raad	...	Ben Duffy Anais Thomassian	Anais Thomassian	...	Abby Dozier Tavius Cortez	Tavius Cortez	...	Shareef Washington Natalie Sullivan	Natalie Sullivan	...	Jenna Kowalski Tiffany Luce	Tiffany Luce	...	Sequoia Washington Kasey Wilson	Kasey Wilson	...	Grace DeWitt Darren Pitura	Darren Pitura	...	Producer Joe Palubinsky	Joe Palubinsky	...	Det. Joe Beard Dan Worthington	Dan Worthington	...	Finish Line Cop Jeremy Boone	Jeremy Boone	...	Brian Cody LeBoeuf	Cody LeBoeuf	...	Water Station Attendant Andrew Jacobsen	Andrew Jacobsen	...	Eric Walker Ryan Neufeld	Ryan Neufeld	...	Understudy

Release date: July 6, 2021
Running time: 82 minutes
Directors: Martín Blousson, Macarena García Lenzi
Cast: Kimia Behpoornia, Tavius Cortez, Andrew Hansen, Roberto Raad, Marc Roberts, Natalie Sullivan, Jimmy Slonina and Anais Thomassian 

The mock-doc begins three months before Devil’s Canyon Marathon, an underfunded local race organized by shoe store owner, Ed Clap. We meet and follow some quirky runners, delving into their training, but more importantly, their personal relationships (or lack thereof) with friends, family, and romantic partners.

Spenser Dewees	...	Cop Philip Kotler	Philip Kotler	...	Orthopedic Surgeon Claire McAllister	Claire McAllister	...	Jenna's Mom Marc Roberts	Marc Roberts	...	Michael Dozier Ron Silver	Ron Silver	...	Jenna's Dad Tommy Todd	Tommy Todd	...	Benched QB Jeff Topper	Jeff Topper	...	Self
Marathon has a fun mocumentary style that hits the ground running.  It gathers a quirky, fun cast and explores their running journey in a humorous and over the top way.  I really did like how each character had a very different story and reason for running and that they all addressed the various runners tropes.  From over achievers, to those that wanted to drastically change their lives, to those that just wanted to get out of the house, and those that fail, everyone is here for Marathon.  And the movie starts off very funny, with an introduction to each of these strange characters and some backstory.  As they move along in their running journey, they are presented with new challenges that allow for some humorous solutions (and breakdowns)!

However, Marathon does seem drag the run out without much change.  Like the complaints in the film itself during one of the runs (where one of the characters complains that the run continues but the scenery never changes), the film needed a change of scenery partway through.  There were a few character changes and some interesting situations, but for the most part, the jokes from the first 30 minutes of the movie were similar to the jokes that occurred in the remaining 50 minutes.  I enjoyed the different quirks of the character's personalities, but when the same scenario played out for the 3rd or 4th time, it just blunted the impact of any humor.  And that's not to say that the movie was not funny, the humor is there throughout the film.  But it just loses its impact if you're seeing the same underlying joke or quirk played out again, despite how funny it is.  But that being said, Marathon is a funny concept with a great group of actors doing some very enjoyable, over the top things in preparation for the run of their lives.  

Marathon hits the ground running with a funny, quirky cast embodying and making fun of runners, running, and inspirational sports tropes.

Rent it.

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