Check | Lakers: Time to Win – Season 1

Since I was a child, I have always had three passions in the world of entertainment: Film, cartoons, and basketball. My childhood can be incorporated into going to video stores to rent animation, buying Turma da Mônica magazines at newsstands, and, of course, the hardest job of all: finding courts that have no people playing football. I grew up fascinated by Art Seven and Nine, obviously, but I also never left the world of orange. I watch the NBA with the screams of Rômulo Mendonça, I like to read the tactics and statistics of the game and I write this review before next. filter between the Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzles.

So to say that I enjoyed the first show of Lakers: Time to Win Surprisingly, after all, I got to see the structure of the stories I read and heard since I was a child: the rivalry between the Lakers and Boston, and also Magic Johnson and Larry Bird; birth of Showtime Lakers revived NBA; portraits of people like Red Auerbach and Jerry West; and a feeling of euphoria when watching skyhooks of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic passes. I admit that I watched the whole season with a smile on my face, enjoying the sad tone of the story and the various references to the time, from the most obvious places near the Lakers, to the simple mention, such as the competition between the Wilt. Chamberlain and Bill Russell, yet that none of this is an excuse to close one’s eyes to work problems.

The basis of the story seems simple, showing behind the scenes how the Lakers gained power in the 80s through manager Jerry Buss (John C. Reilly), winning many trophies and making the NBA an entertaining show for billionaires, but the work created. and Max Borenstein and Jim Hecht have a difficult storytelling and storytelling work, because there are several angles to storytelling. We have a personal and commercial view of the Buss family that manages brokerage, players and coaches create a culture around the team and also Magic Johnson himself (Quincy Isaiah) as the star of the show, with many interesting features such as. the rise of the NBA, competition with the Boston Celtics and important topics such as racism and machismo. There are several possibilities for the narrative technique, but the producers have the option of wanting to know: handle… everything.

For a career reputation, it’s a bold decision. But it is also a decision that demands a lot from a document, which requires merging multiple cores and developing several characters in ten periods. The latter balance is positive, but not negligible, especially in focus and depth. Some characters don’t get the time they deserve, such as Kareem (Solomon Hughes) and his fascinating array of religions, activism and sports, or Norm Nixon (DeVaughn Nixon) who plays a certain role at the beginning of the series and then disappears. (in fact, the whole base around the players, their relationships off and on the court are not well developed); despite the fact that some of the characters are gaining some popularity at home, such as Pat Riley (Adrien Brody) and Jerry West (Jason Clarke), or the very relationship between Magic and Cookie (Tamera Tomakili), which ends without a good game. continuity. I also feel that this series goes through many topics, such as sexism, hatred, immorality and drug addiction – for example, Spencer Haywood (Wood Harris), a small quote, has a heavy load and a good context, but it is not the same narrative.

It was as if the writers wanted to give importance to every character who was part of the Lakers Dynasty. I don’t like that, because we don’t read articles from the internet or watch movies, but we follow the design story. We do not need a plot for everyone who appears in the story. This first season has no narrative focus and much attention, though it also has some nice features. I really like the game of jealousy, interest and betrayal behind the franchise curtain, with special emphasis on the tension between the three coaches, Riley, Paul Westhead (Jason Segel) and Jack McKinney (Tracy Letts), and also at cost. of victory, something well illustrated by West’s anger and Buss’s ambition – we also see this in small amounts with the players. There are also presented features that I would like to see better in the next two seasons, such as the racial competition between Magic and Birds (I love how they turned him into a rival), team interactions and Jeanie Buss women’s rights intentions. (Hadley Robinson).

In addition to the text, I really appreciate the tone of the work. It is an exciting story with a touch of humor, cunning and sarcasm, connected with the charm of a man and the smile of the two main characters of the series: Doctor Buss and Magic, who basically changed the NBA identity. The visual language contradicts these extreme cartoon ideas and exciting features, such as the contrasting patterns and animations between the 16 mm, 35mm filters and VHS images, or else four different wall variations and fictional style executed by the directors. , in particular. Adam McKay in the first period. It is a bit of a bad image configuration, but it incorporates in a wonderful way the characters’ exaggeration and the background quality of the story. I have problems with video games (badly edited and “painted”), but the series is not about what happens in court, it’s about capturing time and background events, which are decorated in a visual style and based on context. .

Lakers: Time to Win is a letter of love for the team in “exhibition time”And for those who have been involved in the rise of the NBA, but are also not afraid to show abnormal images of his statistics, his independence and his period, after all, every Dynasty is built on turmoil, failure and bad elections. In this sense, the main force of this column lies in his acting, special emphasis on the smiling personality of Quincy Isaiah, the vicious and immoral jokes of John C. Reilly, the bravery of Solomon Hughes, and the humorous temper of Jason Clarke. , despite Jerry West’s real complaints – by the way, it’s not my place to judge historical honesty, because I don’t know how these people really did. In addition, the work is subject to an examination of some of the themes and a lack of narrative focus that brings the story closer to soap opera, but there is much to love and much to look forward to in the coming seasons, especially for basketball fans.

Lakers: Time to Win: Lakers Dynasty Rise – Season 1 – USA, 2022
Creation: Max Borenstein, Jim Hecht
Directions: Adam McKay, Jonah Hill, Damian Marcano, Tanya Hamilton, Payman Benz, Salli Richardson-Whitfield
Roadmap: Rodney Barnes, Max Borenstein, Jim Hecht
Post: John C. Reilly, Quincy Isaiah, Jason Clarke, Sally Field, Adrien Brody, Gaby Hoffmann, Jason Segel, Hadley Robinson, DeVaughn Nixon, Tracy Letts, Solomon Hughes, Tamera Tomakili, Brett Cullen, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Spencer Garrett, Sarah Ramos , Molly Gordon, Rob Morgan, Delante Desouza, Austin Aaron, Jimel Atkins, Rachel Hilson, Wood Harris
Time: 10 approx. 60 minutes.

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