Hoop Dreams is about Basketball. But it's not about Basketball. It's about the perpetual struggle of families to carve out better futures for their children, the fight to rise up beyond where we come from to make something of our lives. The film's quiet examination of the lives of its two subjects captures the whole human condition, at times sickening, and times uplifting, all real. Extraordinary.
A comprehensive look into the hopes and failures of the American dream from among those on the lowest rung of the ladder. Problems of race, poverty, education, violence, capitalism, and welfare pop in and out never explicitly discussed, but existing in the background provoking questions. For most involved it seems that basketball, whether directly or indirectly, is the only hope of escape from poverty.
A touching, exhaustive, sensitive portrayal of two teens from freshman to senior year of high school. The film uses the power of lingering shots to make social criticisms, while still investing sincerely in its subjects (and not using them to make a point). A revelatory documentary.
This expansive and methodological film welcomes you in a viewer into a new world that you, as the viewer, likely have yet to experience. The pacing is slow, but never drags. Going into depth of all of the players in the film is ever intriguing. Having multiple narratives gives the film the necessary breadth to shine. Leaving the ending open was a great decision, whether they make the NBA is not the scope of the film.
Roger Ebert'in sevdiği kadar varmış dedirten bu uzun belgesel Amerikan'ın baksetbol endüstrisini çok detaylı bir şekilde anlatıyor. Filmi izledikten sonra kahramanlarının wikipedia sayfasına göz atın. Hikaye amerikalılığa uygun bir şekilde devam etmiş.
(4.5) Turns out to be much more than a simple portait of kids with dreams of basketball, actually reaching far outside this frame to show a complex and harsh reality with echoes that are more or less present in all our lives. Easily the best sports movie I've ever seen and the one that most pregnantly has much more to say from the rare few that even possess this quality.
Impressive in scope and message, Hoop Dreams is fascinating and beautifully layered with important social issues. One of the best documentaries, if not the best, I've ever seen. I wish I had seen this one while I was still playing basketball back in my teenage years in France. Would've been my anthem.