Review | Lakers: Time to win – Season 1

Since I was a kid, I have always had three interests in the entertainment world: film, comics, and basketball. Going to video stores to rent animations, buying Turma da Monica magazines on newsstands, and the most difficult task of all, can summarize my childhood: finding courts where people don’t play football. I was obviously obsessed with seventh and ninth art, but I never abandoned the world of orange ball. I watch the NBA for the screaming voice of Romulo Mendonza, I like to read tactics and game stats and I am writing this review shortly before the next one Playoffs Between the Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies.

So to say I was excited about the premiere Lakers: Time to win It’s an understatement, after all, I’ve seen an adaptation of the stories I’ve read and heard since I was young: the rivalry between the Lakers and Boston, and Magic Johnson and Larry Bird; The birth of the Showtime Lakers that revitalized the NBA; A traditional figure of the likes of Red Auerbach and Jerry West; And the feeling of euphoria when viewed Sky hooks Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the Magic Passes. I admit that I watched the entire season with a smile on my face, from the nostalgic tone of the narrative and the various references of the time, from the most widespread of the Lakers to the simple references like the rivalry between Wilt, Chamberlain and Bill Russell, none of which is an excuse to close one’s eyes to work problems.

The basis of the story seems simple, showing how the Lakers were powered by manager Jerry Buss (John C. Reilly) in the ’80s, winning multiple titles and making the NBA a billionaire entertainment show, but the work was created. Max Borenstein and Jim Hecht have a complex narrative and thematic function, as there are many angles to tell the story. We have a personal and business view of the bus family that runs the franchise, the players and coaches who create the culture around the team, and the Magic Johnson himself (Quincy Isaiah) as the star of the show, along with many touch points. The rise of the NBA, rivalry with the Boston Celtics and major issues such as racism and masculinity. There are several possibilities for the narrative approach, but the creators have a curious choice: to approach… everything.

As for job eligibility, this is a courageous decision. But this is a fairly demanding decision by the script, requiring multiple cores to be connected and develop several characters in ten episodes. The final balance is also positive, but without warning, especially in terms of focus and depth. Some characters, such as Karim (Salomon Hughes) and his fascinating dramatic arc between religion, activism and sport, or Norm Nixon (Dewan Nixon), who play a certain role at the beginning of the series and then disappear, don’t get the time they deserve. (In fact, the entire core around the players, their relationships are not well developed on and off the court); Some characters, such as the relationship between Pat Riley (Adrian Brady) and Jerry West (Jason Clark), or the relationship between Magic and Cookie (Tamera Tomakili), gain particular domestic significance, which ends without good dramatization. Progress. I think the series is scheming on a lot of things like sexism, prejudice, pornography and addiction – Spencer Heywood’s (Wood Harris) epilogue, for example, has a heavy load and a good context, but has no place in the narrative.

It seems like the writers wanted to emphasize every character that was part of the Lakers dynasty. I don’t like it, because we’re not reading an article or watching a documentary from the Internet, but following a fairy tale. Not every person who comes into the story needs a plot. This first season lacks narrative direction and dramatic focus, although it does contain positive elements. I really like the game of jealousy, interests and betrayal behind the scenes of the franchise, with a special emphasis on the tension between the three coaches Riley, Paul Westhead (Jason Segel) and Jack McKinney (Tracy Letts). A great example of victory, West’s anger and bus obsession – we see this on a smaller scale with players. Racial rivalry between Magic and Bird (I love how they turned him into a rival), team interaction, and the feminist ideals of the Genie Bus are also presented in the upcoming second season, which I hope to explore better. (Hadley Robinson).

I really appreciate the sound of the work, along with the scripts. It is a dramatic story with touches of humor, cunning and irony, combining the charismatic and smiling personalities of the two central figures of the series: Doctor Bus and Magic, who essentially reshaped the identity of the NBA. Visual language goes against these notions of comic overload and nostalgic elements, such as direction and photography alternating between 16mm, 35mm filters and VHS images, otherwise various fourth-wall breaks and faux-documentary style, especially directors. Adam Mackay in the first issue. It’s a slightly confusing visual setup, but oddly includes the character’s exaggerations and the retro quality of the story. I have some issues with the game footage (poorly edited and terribly “choreographed”), but the series is not about what happens on the court, it’s time and behind the scenes capture, visually well-stylized and contextualized. .

Lakers: Time to win Love letter to the teamDisplay timeAnd for those involved in the rise of the NBA, but not afraid to show its figures, its franchise, and the liberal portraits of its period, after all, every dynasty is built with turmoil, failures, and dubious choices. In this sense, the greatest strength of the series lies in its cast, Quincy Isaiah’s smiling charisma, John C. Special emphasis is placed on Reilly’s malicious and obscene humor, the stoicism of Solomon Hughes and the amusing rage of Jason Clark. , Despite the real Jerry West’s complaints – this is not my place to judge historical allegiances because I have no idea how these people really behaved. In addition, the work suffers from a lack of exploration and narrative attention, which makes the story almost a soap opera, but there is much to love and look forward to in future seasons, especially basketball fans.

Lakers: Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty – Season 1 – USA, 2022
Creation: Max Borenstein, Jim Hecht
Direction: Adam Mackay, Jonah Hill, Damian Marcano, Tanya Hamilton, Payman Benz, Sally Richardson-Whitfield
Road Map: Rodney Barnes, Max Borenstein, Jim Hecht
Cast: John c. Reilly, Quincy Isiah, Jason Clark, Sally Field, Adrian Brody, Gabby Hoffman, Jason Segel, Hadley Robinson, DeWan Nixon, Tracy Letts, Solomon Hughes, Tamera Tomakili, Brett Cullen, Stephen Adley Gurgis, Spence Oddsley, Morgan, Delante D’Souza, Austin Aaron, Jimel Atkins, Rachel Hilson, Wood Harris
Duration: About 10 episodes. 60 min

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