If I May Break Down the Main Message of the Brilliant Bold Tribute to Boxing That Showtime’s Documentary kings, Which is one of the greatest eras in boxing—indeed, one of the greatest eras in the history of American sports, would it be: Boxing is life, and life is boxing.
Sorry to sound like Yoda, but no sport explains what it means to be more human than boxing. highs and lows. Overcoming pain win. Work ethic that needs to be achieved. Work ethic that goes beyond what is necessary for excellence. As the documentary shows, the one-on-one battle is against the opponents, whether it is systemic racism, the threats of capitalism or moral harm. Boxing is all of those things, because life is all of those things, and boxing has long been the ultimate human mirror.
It’s the feeling that makes kings Very special The documentary focuses on the battles and careers of four historical fighters: Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns.
But like all good docs, those four kings embody a bigger story. In this case, the film takes us from the end of the era of Muhammad Ali in the 1970s, the time of Jimmy Carter and the gas shortage, the Kings and the 1980s, centered on Ronald Reagan, and the beginning of the vast wealth gap between the wealthy. takes away. and poor.
In some ways, Reagan and Carter are as much the stars of the documentary as the fighters.
Carter was ahead of his time when he told the Nation in 1979, and the documentary states: “Many of us now worship self-indulgence and consumption. What does human identity do now, but what a is defined by. is the owner.”
While the boxers would become wealthy in their own right, it is not difficult (in fact it is quite easy) to see how these four fighters of color were representative of the people left behind as the wealthy rocket ships for enthusiasm and wealth. were taken.
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“You don’t know seismic changes except in retrospect,” says Bonnie Greer, writer and playwright in the film. “When I look back now, of course it was huge. Muhammad Ali made boxing a metaphor for struggle. But by the ’80s[about the metaphor]there was this whole idea of individualism. You Know, for every man/woman him/herself.”
This is the best part of the documentary. The details of the fighters’ lives are excellent and the performance of their skills and individual battles is clearly important.
But it’s that big prism that sets kings Different. It is as much about American history as it is the history of boxing. It is also about life.
“I’m not making excuses for the violence (boxing), but when it’s done beautifully, the fight becomes a metaphor, the ring a symbol of life’s lottery,” Greer said.
You can watch the trailer here. The four-part documentary series debuts on Showtime on June 6.
Each boxer came to represent something different in the 1980s, a vulnerable decade where superficiality was at its core. Leonard was the Michael Jordan of his time, a superstar endorser (and prolific businessman) but completely non-political, a non-threat to white people. Hagler was genuine, but not flashy enough at a time when a showman like Reagan ruled. Hearns was from Detroit, a city that had been overlooked by Reagan, and had to fight for the respect he deserved, like the fighter it symbolized. Duran was highly respected (perhaps most respected) in the game, but in the Reagan era, people of color were demonized.
Duran’s words about growing up in Panama are striking and powerful. His story is one of the most fascinating and perhaps the least known of the fighters. One of the more interesting parts of the document is Duran discussing his escape from the growing extreme poverty in Panama while, at a distance, the Americans flourished in extreme wealth. This created a feeling of bitterness towards the United States that fueled Duran in his first mega-fight against Leonard.
Despite losing in humiliation to Leonard in the second battle, Duran would continue to be a hero to much of Latin America today. (And Duran is so funny sometimes in the documentary, I was crying laughing. Not kidding. I had tears rolling down my eyes.)
Where fighters from different backgrounds and even countries came together in battle against each other. What he did in his career and in those fights remains some of the greatest achievements of American sports to date. Will you ever see
Because he was the king.