TV Review :‘They Call Me Magic’ Apple TV+’s

Rick Famaryiwa recorded Earvin “Magic” Journey’s Journey from the Legend of Middle School and Higher Education to the NBA Star to be the center of the HIV/AIDS education movement to the business pioneer in a four -hour documentary film.

Earvin “Magic” Johnson is one of the greatest basketball players in history, a champion at every level and an athletic level owner who will define the point guard position if there are people who can repeat the set of their attributes. Outside the court, he has become a pioneering entrepreneur, putting his fingerprints in sports franchises, real estate and commercial businesses, especially in the black community. Since the 1991 HIV diagnosis, it has become an integral force in educating people about diseases that, at that time, were seen as death penalties.

These points are adequate and persuasive (if you need persuasion) made at Rick Famaryiwa’s Call Me Magic, a documentary of Apple TV+ four parts that offers a solid archive record, a good list of talking heads and, at least for some installments, Some stylish enthusiasm.

But they called me magic had a big problem, finally destroyed and, unfortunately, the problem was Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

Blessed with a smile that has turned on Tinseltown for more than four decades, magic has a personality which is a big part of why he is still very loved. However, as is known by anyone who watches his short-lived talk program, The Magic Hour, what is projected on hard wood and in meetings and even in public appearance does not always come through the screen. Magic picked and chose his moments, and there was a time -when they called me magic when he was a living and specific storyteller. But there are many times, especially in the second half of the DOC who are too long, when he becomes evasive and drained from enthusiasm and interest.

The first two hours were focused on Johnson Youth and his basketball career. The opening installment, which leads to the end of the 1980 NBA championship, is basically the first season of victory, with many stories and figures that overlap-Larry Bird, Pat Riley, Michael Cooper, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Paul Westhead-and need to be noted that Jerry West appeared in several segments without throwing a trophy through one window.

Showing Johnson’s parents, various siblings, various teammates, reporters who gave him an unpleasted nickname and his future wife, cookies, chapters centered on basketball rarely revelation, but how could it be? The character “Magic” is one that has been played by Earvin Johnson since the 1970s, and he was never ashamed of self-promotion.

His admiration for his hard-working father and the values ​​of the blue collar was well documented. He went to high school and became a star and winner from day 1. Same in college. And, while he crashed a little with Abdul-Jabbar in his first preseason, he was a star and winner from day 1 in NBA. This is a recipe for minimal dramatic conflict. These years were presented with many Jazzy recording “Los Angeles in the 1970s and 1980s” and with a soundtrack whose motivation can be described as, “Every time someone mentions the song, we play it.”

The biggest difficulty in the first half of this documentary film was Roller-Coaster Johnson’s relationship with cookies, which included some damaged involvement and about 15 years of mixed and escape that Johnson recognized was his mistake because, how, how can he not be? This is not charming or even funny as Famuyiwa thinks, and there is a truly strange decision to interview almost everyone separately for the whole documentary. I can’t understand that I don’t have magic and cakes sitting together for at least some of these stories, but they call me magic to avoid friction when possible.

It became impossible in the second half, which included a diagnosis of HIV Magic, several comeback efforts and then his business career. Soon it is proven that “magic,” the perfect play, likes to talk about high school triples or various NBA finals with Celtics, but when it comes to more complicated problems, “Earvin,” who people described as calmer and more closed , taking over. Memories of the press conference revealed that the diagnosis was mostly handed over to others. Conversation about his health is reduced to total generalization. There is a broad and rather strange gap between the way Johnson describes his pre-marriage social life in the documentary-filter-films “returning to his apartment after the match” and the way he discussed the post-diagnosis life.

I think Johnson only felt that he was enough to talk in the 90s about his promiscuity. But if you participate in a documentary that seems to cover all about your life, you cannot act like you say new things about your love for Dr. Jerry Buss or stepped into the play center at the 1980 championship clinas, but then disagree about other things. Not if you want to give viewers your impression is completely participating. If the viewers do not know the story that Johnson had told before, they would go well feeling like magic was quite boring or like the truth was very boring. If they know the story but want to hear it with more introspection, it’s not here like that.

Polished things. The contents of Thomas and Magic discussed their transition from friendship to competition with a superficial tone, and if you know some really bad accusations that were thrown between them, washing white did not make sense.

Some things are ignored by magic, but at least touch by others. And silly things! Like, you have Jimmy Kimmel who is present to refer to the magic hour as one of the worst TV shows ever made, but Kimmel did not describe Glib’s assessment at all, and magic did not say a word. I only use it as an example. I only care a little about magic clocks.

Some things are not ignored by magic, but he is really defeated. Ej, Johnson’s son with a cake, stealing the last clock completely by speaking eagerly about the pressure of growing gay as the son of Magic Johnson. Magic, reluctant to give any depth, admit that he can be more supportive and say he is proud of EJ.

And then some things really don’t exist. Of course, you can pretend that Magic Johnson has spent the last 20 years exclusively opening the Starbucks cinema and franchise, and I fully agree that the achievement is more important than his less successful efforts and occasionally embarrassing to train and run the Lakers. But these things do happen in real life and are not mentioned even as an afterthought in a documentary. Loss of Johnson as a common center of attention might be overcome if Famuyiwa does not simultaneously lose a sense of pacing in what is the list of washing things -the great and important things done by Magic Johnson.

There are many good things in them calling me magic, but four hours are too much time to spend on documentary films that are very blurry in what should be the most interesting part. Magic Johnson The Basketball Star, Pioneer Business and Inspiration for Millions of people deserve something with more talent than Magic Johnson that can be contributed by the documentary subject.

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