So, 25 years on from its initial release, is it any good and how does it compare against more recent hoclkey films?
As a sports film in general, it has been hailed as “One of the Top Ten Sports Movies Ever!” by Sports Illustrated, ESPN.com and The Sporting News. As a hockey film it is a true classic and one that should be in any hockey fan’s collection.
One of the areas sports films can sometimes suffer is in the depiction of the actual sport with games appearing very choreographed. Fortunately, Slap Shot doesn’t particularly suffer with this and although some of the action is exaggerated by the antics of the Hanson Brothers it is on the whole believable.
The story that links the hockey action together stays away from some of the sickly sweet stories you get in sports films today - anyone seen MVP?! - and also manages to keep you amused with the jokes in there. One of the examples of the humour, and for me, one of the highlights of the