Flash Movie Review: Pele: Birth of a Legend

I wonder if the playground half covered with gravel had anything to do with it. Growing up not only did I never think about soccer, it was never part of anyone’s conversation. Now granted I attended a small elementary and high school, but even if someone wanted to play soccer it would have been challenging. The public schools I attended were in the city; they were plopped down in the middle of a city block with houses all around. There were no grassy fields, no baseball diamonds; heck, we were lucky if had a few bushes pushed up to the side of the building. As I mentioned before my elementary school’s playground was part blacktop and part gravel. There were no team sports and the majority of our physical activity was done in the gymnasium with its over excessive, varnished wood floor. The floor would creak so much when we were playing any type of game that it sounded like a backyard of chirping crickets. I think we may have played some kind of indoor version of soccer that we called Dodgeball, but the rules were different and I tried to avoid playing it because of the bullies in class. They used the opportunity to pretend they were kicking at the ball but really were going for someone’s leg, causing usually a bruise to form later in the day. So you see I never thought or cared about soccer all the way through into my adult life. If the games in this dramatic biography are typical of the average soccer game then sign me up for season tickets.   FROM an earlier review this week where I talked about not needing money to being a success, if ever an example was needed to show this was true then this film about soccer legend Pele, played by newcomer Kevin de Paula, would have been the perfect choice. His story totally surprised me as this film covered his years growing up in the poor slums of Sao Paulo, Brazil; where he did not even play with a real soccer ball. I had never heard of the style of soccer associated with Pele. It was amazing to see; I felt like I was watching a performance artist up on the screen. Also starring Vincent D’Onofrio (Jurassic World, Full Metal Jacket) as Feola, Diego Boneta (Scream Queens-TV, Summer Camp) as Jose and Colm Meaney (Law Abiding Citizen, Stand Off) as George Raynor; the acting was almost secondary in my opinion. I do not think this sport film covered anything new; so if one is already familiar with Pele they may become bored with this story. Since I had no knowledge of the man or his sport, I was fascinated watching everything. I will say there were scenes that I thought were poorly filmed making the action look cartoonish and the dramatic ones seemed typical and predictable. So here is my bottom line: I do not think this was a well-made film; but here is the thing, the story kept me engrossed and provided entertainment for me. Isn’t that what a soccer match is supposed to do?

 

2 ¾ stars  

 

 

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Posted on May 20, 2016, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. I played soccer from grade school all the way through my first year of college. In fact my entire family was involved in soccer. My 5 siblings played and both my parents were soccer coaches in our younger years. I was always fascinated with Pele, and admired him a LOT back then. I always wanted to learn how to do that over the head kick. I will have to see this movie, for sure.

  2. Good so far, but I hope they don’t just to one era, he was a legend in all ereas he was in.

  3. superb…i think this movie s inspire young generation who in football …

  4. I grew up in a small rural area in southeast Texas in the 1950s and never knew the first thing about soccer as a child. When I visited my family in the same area in Texas recently, all the children play soccer. I like that the girls and boys both play!
    Now I watch the FIFA games and have a rudimentary knowledge – but still nothing to brag about. I think I’ll give the movie a try after reading your review. Thanks.

    • I think you will feel the same way I did about this film since we both grew up without soccer in our lives. Please let me know what you think of the film which by the way is available now via VOD. Thanks for the comments.

  5. Just watching the trailer made me cheer him on. Looks like a feel-good film. 🙂

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