Review |  Lakers: Time to Win – Season 1

Review | Lakers: Time to Win – Season 1

Ever since I was a child, I have always had three hobbies in the world of entertainment: movies, comics and basketball. Summary of my childhood Renting animations at video stores, buying Turma da Mônica magazines at newsstands, and of course the hardest part: finding courts where people didn’t play football. I grew up obsessed with the seventh and ninth art, of course, but I never left the world of the Orange Ball. I watch the NBA at the sound of Rômulo Mendonça’s screams, I love reading strategy and game statistics and I’m writing this review before next. Playoff Between the Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies.

So let’s just say I was excited about the premiere. Lakers: Time to win It’s a small thing, after all, I read from childhood and saw the adaptation of Sunni stories: the feud between the Lakers and Boston, and Magic Johnson and Larry Bird; The birth of the Showtime Lakers that revived the NBA Boy celebrities like Red Auerbach and Jerry West And the feeling of happiness to see Sky hooks With Karim Abdul Jabbar and Magic. I confess that I watched the entire season with a smile on my face, enjoying the nostalgia of the narrative and the various references to the time, from the most outspoken to the simplest remarks around the Lakers. Like the feud between Chamberlain and Bill Russell, however, neither of them is an excuse to turn a blind eye to work issues.

The story’s premise seems simple, with behind-the-scenes showing how the Lakers became a force to be reckoned with in the 80’s through manager Jerry Buss (John C. Riley), winning numerous titles and winning the NBA. The billionaire made a fun show, but the work created. Max Borenstein and Jim Hatchett have a complex narrative and thematic work, as storytelling has many angles. We just have the personal and business perspective of the family that runs the franchise, the players and coaches create a culture around the team and Magic Johnson himself (Quincy Isaiah) as the star of the show, plus many tangent elements. Such as the rise of the NBA, hostility to the Boston Celtics and important topics such as racism and Maximo. There are many possibilities for a narrative approach, but the creators have a curious choice: to approach everything.

For the merit of the work, it is a bold decision. But it is also a decision that demands a lot from the script, which requires adding several covers and preparing several characters in ten episodes. The final balance is also positive, but not without warnings, especially in terms of focus and depth. Some characters do not get the time they deserve, such as Kareem (Salomon Hughes) and his charming dramatic arc between religion, activity and sport, or Norm Nixon who played a special role at the beginning of the series. Does and then disappears. (In fact, the entire core around the players, their relationships are closed and not well prepared on the court); Aside from the fact that some characters have a special domestic significance, such as Pat Riley (Adrian Brody) and Jerry West (Jason Clark), or the very close relationship between Magic and Cookie (Tamera Tomacili), without any good drama. Ends. In development I also notice that the series deals with a wide range of topics, such as sexism, prejudice, immorality and drug addiction – for example Spencer Haywood’s (Wood Harris) subplot is very heavy and of great duration. Contextual, but out of place.

It was as if the authors wanted to give prominence to each character who was part of the Lakers family. I don’t like it, because we are not reading an article or watching a documentary on the internet, but following a fictional story. We don’t need a plot for everyone in the story. This first season lacks narrative direction and dramatic attention, although it does have some positive elements. I love the game of jealousy, interests and deception behind the scenes of the franchise, with special emphasis on the tension between the three coaches, Riley, Paul Westhead (Jason Siegel) and Jack McKenny (Tracy Letts). And also for the price. The perfect example of victory, the wrath of the West and the obsession with the bus – we see it even in small quantities with the players. There are also elements that I would like to explore better in the next season, such as the racially charged feud between magic and birds (I like how they turned it into an opponent), the team’s Conversations and Jenny Buss’s feminist views. (Headley Robinson)

Other than the script, I really appreciate the tone of the work. It is a humorous, manipulative and satirical dramatic story, connected to the two main characters of the series: Dr. Buss and Magic’s charismatic and smiling personalities, which fundamentally reshaped the NBA’s identity. Visual language goes against these notions of humorous abuses and nostalgia elements, such as the direction and photography between 16mm, 35mm filters and VHS images, otherwise various fourth wall breakdowns and inaccurate documentation applied. Style Adam McKay in the premiere episode. It’s a somewhat messy visual setup, but one that strangely embodies the exaggeration of the characters 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 about time and behind-the-scenes grip, both According to the style and context.

Lakers: Time to win A love letter for the team. “Show timeAnd for those who are involved in the rise of the NBA, but are not afraid to show off its statistics, its franchise and its unparalleled portrait of the period, nonetheless, with every family uproar, failures and dubious choices Has been created. In that sense, the biggest strength of the series lies in its cast, featuring Quincy Isaiah’s smiling charisma, John C. Riley’s rude and ridiculous humor, Solomon Hughes’ stupidity, and Jason Clark’s amusing rage. Has been emphasized. Despite the real Jerry West’s complaints – it’s not my place to judge historical loyalties, because I don’t know how they really worked. In addition, the work lacks focus on finding themes and narratives that make the story almost a soap opera, but much to the delight of future seasons, especially for basketball fans. There is so much to do and so much to wait for.

Lakers: Time to Win: The Rise of the Lakers Family – Season 1 – USA, 2022
Creation: Max Borenstein, Jim Hatchett
direction: Adam McKay, Jonah Hill, Damien Marcano, Tanya Hamilton, Payman Benz, Sally Richardson-Whitefield
Road map: Rodney Barnes, Max Borinstein, Jim Hatch
Cast: John C. Riley, Quincy Isaiah, Jason Clark, Sally Field, Adrian Brody, Gabby Hoffman, Jason Siegel, Hadley Robinson, D’Von Nixon, Tracy Lets, Solomon Hughes, Tamera Tomacili, Brett Colin, Stephen Adele Gergis, Sarah, Spence, Molly Gordon, Rob Morgan, Delante Desouza, Austin Aaron, Jimel Atkins, Rachel Hilson, Wood Harris
Duration: About 10 episodes. 60 minutes

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