Ice Castles

In case you are going through some ice withdrawal with the end of the hockey season and the Olympics being over this film should help to ease your pain a little. This remake of the successful 1978 version was nominated for an Oscar Award for Best Original Song.

Ever since she was a young girl Alexis Winston (Taylor Firth – first film) has dreamt of being a gold medal winning figure skater. Her hard work and practice seems like it is going to pay off when at the regional try-outs she is discovered by a respected figure skating coach (Morgan Kelly – A History of Violence, Shattered Glass). Aiden takes Alexis under his wings and begins to train her hard for the U.S. National Olympic try outs.

Alexis has to leave her father (Henry Czerny – The A-Team, Mission: Impossible), her small town and her boyfriend, Nick (Rob Mayes – appeared in episodes of Bones and Cold Case). Nick and Alexis have an even harder time with their relationship after she moves away and he goes away to college to play hockey. The separation and stress is too much and they end up breaking up.

Overwhelmed while at a schmoozy party, Alexis goes outside to escape by skating. Trying a jump she ends up falling and seriously injures herself. Her head injury is so severe that she ends up losing her sight because of it. What is she going to do now? If she cannot see she cannot skate and where does that leave Alexis?

The film starts off slowly with scenes of seemingly endless globs of dialogue. You have to wait until almost ¾ of the way through the film for something to happen and propel the story forward. You might have to find a way to keep yourself awake during the beginning of the film, but if you do it becomes decent in the end.

If you are looking for a family friendly film that has that old school Disney feel to it then let me recommend this one. It still stands in the shadow of the original film, but because of Taylor Firth's solid job in the lead role the film is decent. She does an equally good job with the acting and skating part of the role.

Special Features:
-Previews of Bright Star, The Young Victoria, Ice Castles (1978), By the People: The Election of Barack Obama, Hachi: A Dog's Tale, Planet 51, Extraordinary Measures, St. Trinian's, The Accidental Husband, Michael Jackson's This Is It, Every Little Step, Girls Night In, Dawson's Creek – The Complete Series, The Nora Roberts Collection, The Lost and Found Family, Taking 5, Spectacular!, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Maid in Manhattan, and Mona Lisa Smile
-Landing the Jump: Behind-the-Scenes
-Deleted Scenes

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