Posted on Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 by Josh Spiegel
Over the past 13 months, Disney+ has released a series of original films that are all heavily indebted to the era of live-action filmmaking that preceded the Marvel Cinematic Universe, before the studio had been packed full of franchises. In the last three weeks alone, they’ve leaned heavily on some of their most familiar live-action tropes. Black Beauty was a high-toned literary adaptation with an animal bent; Godmother was a wacky low-budget, high-concept comedy. It’s somewhat surprising, though, that it took more than a year for Disney+ to release its first straight-to-streaming true-story sports drama. The title says it all: Safety hits recognizable beats and never really challenges its setup, making for a maddeningly, mystifyingly safe crowd-pleaser.