Safety is coming to Disney+!
I love movies that are inspired by real events. I am a huge lover of hearing people’s stories. There is so much we can learn from others and the best way to do that is by hearing/sharing their stories. Safety is one of those stories, and I am excited I got a chance to preview it. Safety is coming to Disney+ on Friday, December 11, 2020, but you can read my spoiler-free review below!
As I hinted above Safety is inspired by a true story. (So, if you already know about Ray McElrathbey’s story then you know how the movie ends. Don’t let this deter you from watching it though!) That’s right. So that in itself hits me in all the feels, and it is inspiring. Safety is definitely a feel-good movie and has so many lessons to be learned from it.
My mom always told me growing up that it takes a village to raise a child, and Safety is a perfect example of that saying. Ray did the right thing by caring for his brother and the Clemson community did the right thing by helping to take of them both. I love how the movie not only shows us what a true community is but also reminds us that family can be more than just blood relatives. It also shows us that it is ok to ask for or accept help when it is needed, and doing this is not a weakness.
While Safety moved me to shed a tear a couple of times the movie is also funny and I laughed my butt off during some scenes. I found the character Daniel (Hunter Sansone) to be the funniest, and a couple of his scenes with Ray (Jay Reeves) and Fahmarr (Thaddeus J. Mixson) are hilarious. Another aspect of the movie I liked was the football scenes. (I mean it is a movie about college football. Haha!) I thought they were well done. Probably some of the best football I have seen in a while in a sports movie.
What I disliked
Some parts of the movie were slow making the movie seem longer than it really was. There were also scenes that just didn’t flow together correctly. They made me stop and wonder if they truly added anything to the movie, and they didn’t. Also, some of the actors did not play off each other well and it made some scenes seem less polished.
My Rating/Ok for Kids?
Overall though, I give Safety an A. It is one of the most inspiring movies I have watched yet this year. Safety is rated PG and while my kids would not find it entertaining older kids who like football may. The movie is not scary. It does talk about drug addiction and has a couple of tense moments, but that’s about it!
“Safety” is a drama inspired by the empowering story of former Clemson University football safety Ray McElrathbey (Jay Reeves), a young man facing a series of challenging circumstances, whose dedication and persistence help him to triumph over repeated adversities. Aided by his teammates and the Clemson community, he succeeds on the field while simultaneously raising and caring for his 11-year-old brother Fahmarr (Thaddeus J. Mixson).