It’s every sports scout’s dream: seeing the new Lionel Messi or Serena Williams working somewhere in the backyard, before anyone else recognized the talent, of course.
American basketball scout Stanley Sugerman (Adam Sandler) discovers such a raw pearl during a trip through Europe. Not a very young talent, but a 22-year-old Spanish giant, who has apparently been under the radar all this time and only plays street basketball. Sugerman believes he is fit for the NBA, the most important basketball league in the world.
You have to believe in fairy tales to accept this hypothesis, but sports drama Accelerates He succeeded admirably in conveying Sugerman’s dream to the viewer. Of course the Spaniard will play the stars of Heaven in America, you soon think. It does not come to him at all. There are some setbacks, and there is work to be done. Under Sugerman’s strict regime, Bo Cruz (Juancho Hernangomez) works up a sweat. This results in a montage of training scenes like any sports movie, but for a longer time — Cruz spans the same hill so many times that it seems endless.
It symbolizes Accelerates, which is a Netflix production that needs more stamina than the original ideas. Charme also has had enough of the movie, with another good, lovable role of Sandler — the comedian who often proves he does an excellent job as a serious actor — and a small but fine performance of 91-year-old Robert Duvall as the owner of the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team.
A Utah Jazz basketball player in everyday life, Hernangomez made an excellent acting debut. Accelerates Don’t make the mistake of letting good actors play bad basketball: all the players in the movie are professionals. This results in beautiful sports scenes, cleverly shot by director Jeremiah Zagar, who began his career as a documentary filmmaker.
Getting around those athletic features Accelerates Gladly, rely on necessary cliches (Cruz learns that victory in sports is essentially a battle of the mind), without it starting to bother you. Enthusiasm for basketball is the greatest asset. in it feel Accelerates Not a false or predictable second.
Directed by Jeremiah Zagar
With Adam Sandler, Juancho Hernangomez, Queen Latifah, Ben Foster
117 minutes, available on Netflix.
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