Contributing to the film were the Giants coach Tom Coughlin, quarterback Eli Manning, wide receiver Plaxico Burress, offensive guard Chris Snee and the guy who made THAT catch David Tyree. In addition, commentary was provided by current Giants player Odell Becham, former New England Patriots player Rodney Harrison and Spike himself. Lee, was able to draw laughter, pain, excitement and conjecture out of the guys. The film helped the audience get just a bit more closer to the action of that day while simultaneously drawing them into the plays that led up to and after the catch.
Harrison, while understandably humbled by that day and that loss still showed signs that he was affected. On the contrary Burress was elated and animated throughout the film showing the clear contrast between winning and losing. Lee made a wise move by showcasing the agony of defeat and the thrill of victory in his film. Each frame grabbed you and left you wanting more. Each of the men that provided commentary did so with what I viewed as clear enthusiasm. Whether it was because they were speaking with Spike Lee or because the elation or in Harrisons case deflation from that day still lingered within them I'm not sure. But, the fact remains Spike was able to get them to speak about that day like it had happened this past February.
The Greatest Catch Ever, is another notch in the belt of Spike Lee's storied film making history. He may never get the deserving accolades that I believe he should, but the pieces he's created will forever remain a part of the lexicon that is American Cinema. The New York Football Giants and more importantly that 2007 Championship team will forever be legends in New York. Spike Lee and his latest joint have made sure of that! Go Big Blue!!