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A brilliant documentary - definitely not just for cricket fans,
This review is from: Fire in Babylon [DVD]  (DVD)
Saw Fire In Babylon last week at a preview screening with a friend and despite all the good things I'd heard about it i wasn't keen as I'm not a cricket fan in the least and usually avoid watching it at all costs.
That's why this film interested me - I expected it to be a movie that just cricket fans would like and the rest of us would be left at the wayside thinking what on earth is a goggly... Definitely not the case with this movie.
Taking on the unification of the West Indies, the race riots, the importance of the sport to West Indian communities in the commonwealth, apartheid in South Africa and the amazing winning streak of the Windies, the movie is a fascinating look into 70s-80s history. Plus their lethal fast bowlers, who will have you wincing with pain at the jaw breaking speed, are amazing to watch!
What tips it into 5 stars is the reggae soundtrack! Brilliant. Brings a flair of the Caribbean to the whole film.
I haven't come back loving cricket (or sadly, knowing what a goggly is), but appreciating the sport a bit more and definitely understanding why the West Indies cricket team were spoken of as the best in the world.
At the very least, it has got to get an award nom at the BAFTAs!
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Initial post: 5 Jun 2011 00:53:59 BDT
D. Singh-Hulass says:
Glad you liked the film, NK.
But sorry to be pedantic - it's "googly", and they are deliveries mostly bowled by the slower bowlers. The Windies had no need for slower bowlers then, so there would have been no need to use a googly!
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2011 18:04:46 BDT
Rory McIlroy says:
ill be the sad person to explain to NK what a googly is:
leg spinners are bowlers that make the ball turn to the left as it pitches for a right armer, and that turn to the right for left armers (also referred to as chinamen). a leg spinner can develop a ball that comes out of the back of the hand and turns in the reverse way to as i have just said (right for righties, left for lefties). this can then develop into an extremely effective delivery because there is no obvious change in the bowlers action, and therefore the ball spins in the opposite direction to what the batsman thinks. if you are still confused youtube "shane warne googly" and you will soon understand what i mean.
hope this enlightens you, now you can be a sada$$ like me and explain it to other people who really couldnt give a to$$ one way or the other.
Posted on 7 May 2012 04:34:04 BDT
X. F. says:
A googly is a ball that looks as though it's going to spin one way, but it spins the other. And it makes the batsman go googly-eyed. Forget all the technical stuff - that's all you need to know. And if you can "pick the googly", that means you're a batsman with superhero powers.
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