Kobe Bryant’s Muse Review

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A different look at the Kobe we already know.

Last night, in Hollywood, CA, Kobe Bryant, along with celebrities like Andy Garcia, designers like Christian Loubituon, and NBA greats like Rick Fox came together for an early look at “Kobe Bryant’s Muse,” a documentary focused on the life of the future NBA Hall of Famer. No stranger to controversy, the documentary explores some of Kobe’s more personal moments as well as moments that have been plastered over the news and that have helped make Kobe a household name.

At the premier, Director Gotham Chopra, son of Deepak Chopra, and Kobe Bryant held a Q&A that gave some insight into the making of the film. From the long hours of recording to being a part of the Kobe experience, the documenting and creating of the product seemed to have it’s own set of rules that you would only expect from someone that works as hard as Kobe.

Broken into chapters, the documentary explores the life of Kobe Bryant through several different lenses. From his struggles with trying to find a place in the world of the NBA, to pushing himself to be better, the film provides only glimpses into life. And this is where the challenges with the documentary develop. As a public figure, the life of Kobe Bryant has been broadcast across television screens for all to see. Or has it? At first glance, it would appear that we know everything about the superstar athlete. But, after watching the documentary, I am not as sure. Publicly, we know the sacrifices and commitment that Kobe has for basketball, but how does that translates to his personal life remains a mystery.

On the sport side, the film covers a lot of what we already know. The championships, the players he took to the court with, the 3-Peat, the 5 rings, all stuff any reasonable fan of Kobe’s could tell you about. It is the moments between these high-points that seem to be missing. Instead of cohesion, the chapters seem to provide rough jump cuts. Leaping form topic to topic in order to tell a story that we know already.

Is the film bad? No. Could it be better? Yes. With the name “Kobe Bryant’s Muse,” we are led to believe that we would see more of his inspiration and what drove him to be so dedicated to the sport and his family. Instead, we learned more of what we already know, that Kobe is a strategic, dedicated, talented, and incredibly passionate player. What we wanted was to know the person behind all those buzzwords.

Kobe Bryant’s Muse is available now on Showtime Anytime, On Demand, as well as re-runs on Showtime over the next few weeks.

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