For our conversation this week about Sony’s newest (and perhaps boldest) film adaptation of the beloved simulation racing video game series, we called in our friends Logan and Micah from The Reformed Gamers Podcast. Neill Blomkamp’s film incorporates many of the tropes we are familiar with in sports dramas while balancing reverence for the exciting video game that spawned this incredible story and still managing to succeed at pulling the right heart strings.
* Note – full spoilers in effect for entire episode *
Almost every competitive gamer has at one point in their lives wondered what it would be like to do the sport or activity they dominate digitally in real life. For Jann Mardenborough that became a reality when the GT Academy and Nissan provided him an opportunity to go from sim racer to behind the wheel of an actual car. This incredible real life story is the backbone for PlayStation Studios’ adaptation of the beloved long-time racing franchise Gran Turismo, and I’m here to tell you that it makes for one heck of a crowd-pleasing good time at the theater, regardless of whether you’re familiar with the video game, a racing fan, or none of the above.