It's not just us who really like the film.
It would be easy to dismiss I Believe In Miracles as a rather niche film - to be enjoyed only by die hard Nottingham Forest fans who happened to be around when the club was actually quite good. But it seems that the appeal of the film is going beyond the confines of sweaty, middle aged folk from the Nottingham area.
Mark Kermode - a man who professes to detest any type of sport - seems to actually quite like it:
Interspersing contemporary interviews with splendid 70s footage, actor-turned-director Jonny Owen evokes a poptastic world in which top-level athletes enjoyed chips, wine and a ciggie as a pre-match sharpener and training consisted of “a little fat guy” running around in a nettle patch.
He labels the film '"divertingly nostalgic" and "genial". Admittedly, he isn't head over heels in love with the thing but he is right to forward the notion that it is fun, moving and illuminating for the non-partisan fan.
Wider afield, a four star review was awarded by 'The Upcoming' which proclaimed the film a " must-see for ardent football fans and self-proclaimed film buffs."
I Believe in Miracles is proof that only on the film screen one can truly grasp the larger-than-life quality of everyday passions and emotions. It doesn’t attempt to provide objectivity or accuracy; it invites the audience to a shared subjectivity, where the audience can feel along the legendary squad the passion that led their way to success, and the admiration towards their fantastic leader.
'Heyyouguys' also acknowledge the "heartwarming" nature of this "inspiring tale". In fact, they really rather quite like it:
Though this picture is focuses on Clough more so than anything else, that’s not exactly of great detriment to the viewer’s enjoyment, given how charismatic and engaging a presence he was. But the stories of his time in charge are illuminated by the anecdotes of the players – the majority of which feature as talking heads, recounting the most incredible few years of their respective careers. Owen must be commended for how seamlessly edited a picture this is too, with a real flow to it, and fast pace (a little like the team’s attacking style), as the clips and the overriding narration intertwine effortlessly, illustrating the point at hand. All helped along, of course, by the excellent soundtrack, featuring a host of tracks that capture the mood of the era being depicted, with northern soul and disco prominent.
So, just in case you haven't already done so, do yourself a favour and go and check this thing out. Sure you can wait for the DVD but it's not really the same now, is it? You can convince yourself that it is...but it's not.