Diego Maradona | Movie Review by Anupama Chopra | Asif Kapadia | Film Companion

Diego Maradona | Movie Review by Anupama Chopra | Asif Kapadia | Film Companion


Maradona is the modern
equivalent of a Greek tragedy. An extraordinarily talented hero rises to
fame and glory, but ultimately he is defeated by his own fatal flaws
– hubris, insecurity, a weak will. To watch the legendary footballer go
from a handsome strapping athlete to an overweight teary cocaine addict
is heartbreaking. Asif Kapadia’s documentary is
a deep dive into the magic of football and the frailty, not just of one man
but of the species. This film is the third in what has been called
the ‘tragic fame documentary trilogy’. The first two are Senna
and the Oscar-winning Amy. These films immerse us into the lives of
individuals who are marked by genius and tragedy. Over three films, Asif has created
and honed a signature style of recreating lives purely through astutely curated
archival footage and voiceovers. There are no talking heads
or re-enactments. Nobody tells you that
Maradona was ferocious on the field. You see it. And, it is a sight to behold. I don’t know anything about football,
so the nuances of the game were lost on me. But, to see Maradona guide a ball
with the grace of a ballerina and the precision of a missile
is a thing of beauty. You appreciate it as you would
a great work of art. But this film is about
so much more than football. It starts in 1984, when the player
is bought by Napoli, the poorest and weakest team in Italy. At his first press conference,
Maradona is asked about the local mafia. But the team doesn’t remain
an underdog for long. Maradona propels it
to number one status and in the process,
becomes a deity. As one local puts it,
“You can’t criticize God.” In 1986, the boy who grew up in a Buenos Aires slum wins the World Cup trophy for Argentina. Through this spectacular ascent, you see
the pressures operating on this lone man and the shadows that will eventually
derail his glorious career. But even the derailing is spectacular. Drugs, mafia, a son he refused to
acknowledge for 30 years, tabloid mania, screaming fans,
nightclubs, prostitutes, wiretapping and
absolute gut-wrenching despair. At one point, we see him at a Christmas party
in Naples, gazing distantly, almost as though he realized
that the good times were over. After the 1986 win, a sports expert described
Maradona is a little bit of cheating and a lot of genius. Which pretty much
summarizes his life. This is a moving, emotionally charged
cautionary tale. I highly recommend that you see it! For more reviews like this,
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  1. Remember don't trust her reviews. She gave Joker a bad rating while at the same time praises War mostly for Hrithik's physique.

  2. Please block all replies and hide like v dislikes because Indians do not know how to have a productive conversation without taking it personal.

  3. I believe a good reviwer needs a good movie too to review….
    Usually they also are managing to put views on mediocrity 🙂

  4. Greatest critic you can ever find in the world ….but one thing she should learn is how to watch a movie ..I request her to come out of her imaginary world and watch movie as a movie not like her autobiography ..one big request can you please stop that stupid “Not a movie review vlogs” more than the content the lady who hosts that vlog looks residuals with her expressions …I think she best fits for …..I am not filling that dashes for now leaving for readers imagination

  5. What the fuck! Why the fuck are are you reviewing it when you have zero experience of football as a game . As a passion. As a generation. As a nation. As a life. Let them be. Just leave these stuffs. Don't play with people for your views.

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