Saturday, October 3, 2009
Mike Tyson has to be one of the most fascinating sports figures ever. How can a man be so powerful in the ring and be so weak outside of it. That’s the question the film takes head on. Hopefully, this film will interest you even if you hate boxing or Mike Tyson. The movie does not skip on any section of his life and what a life it’s been. It is an in-depth psychological study.
I am a fan of Mike Tyson. He’s no hero of mine but he is riveting to watch and listen to. Any time a Mike Tyson fight is on TV I watch it. I especially like the highlight reels where they show one after another. Combat sports interest me because of the mental toughness it takes to compete in them. Mike talks at length about what it takes to be a fighter. Even more interesting is what creates someone who would want to fight in the first place.
Most documentaries get a variety of opinions from many commentators to tell their story. Tyson has only interviews with the man himself. That may seem kind of one-sided but the reality of the film is quite different. It shows a man at war with himself. The filmmaker has said that he sees the movie as a self portrait. It feels like a long therapy session, which of course I loved. I think this film is essential viewing. This is one of my favorite movies of the year.