Something About Beckham (Documentary)
C+ Sound: C+ Extras: D Program: B
Beckham is a worldwide phenomenon, except in the United States.
The recent feature film Bend It
Like Beckham (2002) was a sleeper hit in the U.S. and still did little to make him
a star (t)here. Not that the film was
very much about him, as it was simply a comedy that celebrated his success
though his characters, which is odd to watch when your media is practically
ignoring the entire sport of soccer.
47-minutes-long program is not bad, finally explaining to a novice like this
critic what the hubbub is all about. He
has set a new standard of classiness in the sport, which gets as rough as
Hockey in the U.S. and Canada, much like its young followers. Every time he was told he could not go very
far, or even had seemed to fail beyond comeback, there have been qualities
about him that have made him a survivor.
His talents have obviously not hurt, but there are thousands of very
talented people who do not even become known in the first place, so this is one
interviews are plentiful and chart his rise with his former Spice Girl
pop-singing wife, a father, and continuing an unstoppable career. He seems to be humble, passive and quiet,
sincerely so. “Becks” as he is nicknamed
seems to handle the success and fans well enough. Instead of being a show that just goes on and
on about how great he is, we get smart insight and examination about the
phenomenon. That is why this show is
worth catching and does not disappoint.
screen image is off of what looks like a good, recent PAL analog video
source. The footage is mostly video,
being that he is so young. The simple
stereo is PCM CD 2.0 Stereo, but that is much smoother than the usual Dolby 1.0
or 2.o we usually get stuck with. This
is good quality considering the sources.
There are no extras.
thing about the Beckham success is that it is one that is not dependent on the U.S., which some people might actually
resent or even scoff at. Those in the
U.S. think big success is only encompassed by “the American Dream” and the
like, but with the rest of the world out there, you can succeed without the
U.S. and especially when you did not grow up there. He’s British, the #1 ally of the U.S. at
that, so why can we not embrace this success better? One reason is Americans cannot handle the
long-term pace of soccer, and corporations still cannot seem to figure out how
to back up sports without commercial breaks.
Even a few dozen cable sports networks still have not changed this. That is another thing that will keep striking
wiser viewers as they watch this work, even when Beckham is being persecuted by
his own media.
- Nicholas Sheffo