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Extraordinary, essential viewing,
This review is from: Tyson: The Movie  [DVD] (DVD)
Whatever you think you know about Mike Tyson, whatever your opinion of him might be, boxing fan or not, this film is simply essential viewing. For anyone who remembers Tyson's initial explosion onto the world stage, or who remembers him in his prime it will also serve as a visceral reminder of what all the fuss was about in the first place. The tale of a modern day tragedy told almost exclusively from Tyson's point of view, what you get is an utterly compelling, brutally candid, fascinating glimpse into the soul of a person whose life experiences are so extreme that few could ever possibly relate. It is lazy and too convenient to label Tyson as some sort of freak or monster (the ear-biting, the rape conviction etc. etc. etc.) What watching this film will make abundantly clear is that there are always reasons behind how and why peoples lives turn out the way they do and whilst Tyson may be responsible for monstrous acts he is also, and equally, a product of your average all-American ghetto and a victim of forces way beyond his control. This extraordinary film addresses such issues simply by letting the man talk and leaving you to draw your own conclusions and whilst as a subject he may lack the articulacy, wit or charisma of an Ali, there is enough self-awareness, insight and honesty here, coupled with the poetic talents of a gifted and original film maker, to make this almost hypnotic, compulsive viewing. There are undoubtedly future films to be made about Tyson, ones that interview all the players involved and that offer a more thorough, objective, investigative analysis of some of the notorious events covered in this film. But as pieces of the puzzle go, no credible appraisal of the rise and fall of one of the late twentieth centuries genuine sporting megastars can now be undertaken without acknowledging a debt to this stunning film. Do not miss.
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Initial post: 17 Apr 2009 10:40:42 BDT
G. R. Donaldson says:
Really enjoyed your review.
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Apr 2009 11:43:37 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Apr 2009 11:55:53 BDT
Jane Eyre says:
Thank you, I really appreciate you taking the time to post feedback. I've never written a review on Amazon before but I was so impressed by this film I felt compelled to do so. I hope you enjoy/enjoyed the film as much as I did, after years of pretty one-sided negative coverage it really forced me to re-evaluate Tyson and I'm not sure you can ask much more of a film than that.
In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2009 11:47:11 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 May 2009 11:47:36 BDT
G. R. Donaldson says:
Thanks for your reply. I have always been facinated by flawed and self destructive talents. George Best, Diego Maradonna, Paul Gascoigne etc. I remember watching Tyson fight former champion Larry Holmes who was totally "washed up" and only seemed to be there for the money. I recall thinking if the same would ever happen to Tyson who was at the very peak of his powers at the time. You should also check out Champions Forever in which Ali,Frasier,Foreman and Ken Norton all discuss their battles with one another in a very matter of fact manner. It has an attrocious soundtrack but it gives an excellent insight into what makes men put themselves through what looks like hell to me.
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