Brittany O’Neil Marathon Time Review
Brittany Runs A Marathon is a fun and engaging movie about a young woman who takes up running as a way of life. Her goal is to run the New York City Marathon. However, the journey does not end there. This movie is an ode to the human spirit and learning to be vulnerable.
It is based on a true story. Jillian Bell plays the lead role. As an actress, Bell’s work in “Brittany Runs A Marathon” is not only the best of her career, but it is better than her previous work.
The film opens with a bang. The title of the movie, and its title card, are impressive. But what the movie really means is that it is an inspirational story that will inspire you to change your life. There are other more subtle lessons that the movie offers, as well.
There are many movies that make a point with a clever name. One of those is “Brittany Runs A Marathon.” Another is the “Trainwreck” starring Amy Schumer. Both films have impressive titles, but the former actually does a much better job at making the point.
Although the movie is not a biopic, there is a hint of a homage to the real life Brittany O’Neil in the title. Unlike most films based on a true story, this one does not shy away from the obvious.
In the movie, Bell has to lose weight to play her character. She was a 197 pound girl when she started the movie. Fortunately, her character is not the only fat runner in the world. Interestingly, many sports start lines are full of athletes who are a bit overweight. Even in the marathon, some of the runners were a bit heavy.
The movie also features a lot of improvisational skill, as Bell is well known for being a comedian. To film some of the marathon scenes, she had to wear fat suits and prosthetics. While she had to sacrifice a bit of her physique, she was able to pull off the feat.
The movie is a funny and entertaining piece of filmmaking, but it is not without its flaws. Some of the comedy is a bit over the top, and the story is not always entirely believable. For instance, the movie could have done a better job of illustrating the difference between fat and lean. And, while the movie tries to tell the story of a successful transformation, it does not explore every aspect of this process.
In general, though, it is a worthwhile tribute to the real life Brittany O’Neil. Although it is a bit of a stretch to call it a biopic, the movie is still a worthy homage to an inspiring individual.
At the time of writing, the film has opened in theaters in Los Angeles, New York and Seattle. Eventually, it will be released nationwide by Amazon Studios. Until then, Brittany Runs a Marathon will be available on Netflix.