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Golden Shoes (2015/Anchor Bay DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B Extras: D Film: C-

Lance Kawas' Golden Shoes (2015) is about an eight year old boy named Christian Larou (Christian Koza), who loves to play soccer, but unfortunately, is not very good. What is even worse is that his father is in the military and missing in action and right after learning about his father his mother is in a car accident while he is in school. His dream in life is to become a great soccer player like his idles and he believes that he can join the National youth soccer team.

The story is mainly of encouragement, and sends an anti-bullying message, as well as, follows your dreams, but since it has all these messages you cannot decide what to focus on and the other messages get lost. Another issue I had with this story is the plot, which is Christian (Koza) gets these magical soccer cleats from Montel Williams' character. He is told that they are special and will make him a better soccer player, these are the Golden Shoes, hence the title. The reason this is an issue is pretty obvious if you have ever seen the children's movie "Like Mike," starring Lil Bow Wow, in which an orphan (a character that also is lacking in the mother and father department) discovers that the basketball shoes he finds give him the basketball skills like Michael Jordan. This movie does not seem to have a problem with the fact that they basically took the plot from "Like Mike" and the magical shoe idea. They even went as far as to flaunt the magical shoe idea by titling the movie, Golden Shoes.

The children's movie Golden Shoes can be entertaining to young children I suppose. It can be a nice message to someone going through a hard time, whether it be in their personal life at home or someone in school. However, as far as entertainment value goes I would recommend showing your kids "Like Mike." Eric Roberts, Vivica A. Fox and John Rhys-Davies co-star.

The DVD for Golden Shoes is in standard definition and presented in anamorphic widescreen 1.78:1. It looks like your average children's movie, nothing special about the way it was done that stands out, which is why you did not see it in theaters, that and its story. The audio is lossy, English Dolby Digital 5.1 and has a runtime of about 90 minutes. There are no special features on the DVD.

- Jordan Whiteko


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