In Search of Greatness (2018) - Movie Review
Trailer In Search of Greatness (2018) - Movie ReviewThis extends all the way to childhood, and the documentary makes a point of showing that the players interviewed were given the luxury of play as a passion, rather than a regimented schedule meant to turn them into professionals. Kids are now entered into sports academies with the sole intention of one-day becoming stars, which the film not only decries but sees as counterproductive to creating a sport that is enjoyable to watch and fun to play. The real question becomes not what the origin of the physical savant is, but whether the true physical savant can even exist anymore. Sure, this perspective is rooted in a certain degree of good-old-days nostalgia without any effective counterexamples for the sake of devil’s advocacy, but it’s an interesting perspective nonetheless that is worth exploring for eighty minutes.
And yet, for as frustratingly distracting as the actual filmmaking is, In Search of Greatness isn’t without its value. The conversations with athletes on the nature of their art are intriguing as an intellectual exercise from people not commonly thought of as an intellectual, and it gives one a new appreciation for the kind of person who can make a stamp on their game at the professional level. Just maybe close your eyes during the interviews so that you can fully appreciate what’s being said, rather than be subject to the whims of an operator who treats a camera as a toy.
In Search of Greatness is in theaters on November 2, 2018.