Hoop Dreams gave viewers a glimpse into the lives of two young boys struggling with race, class, and expectations. I don't even care much about basketball but became very invested in the two boys lives and their careers. Worth the watch and allowed me to view the world from a perspective I have never experienced.
Life seldom turns out exactly as expected as two promising basketball players pursue superstar stardom and a chance to play for NBA. It is soon apparent that money is essential to succeed through school who treat their sport students as cattle in their pursuit of a possible regional title. Injuries and hardships in The Family also threatens to kill their careers before it even starts. It is gripping real life stuff.
An utterly remarkable film, that is about far more than just basketball. To quote another Steve James film, it is about life itself. Have a read of my full review here https://trappedinthecinemablog.wordpress.com/2016/09/25/hoop-dreams-1994-%E2%98%86%E2%98%86%E2%98%86%E2%98%86%E2%98%86/
A cultural touchstone in '94 that doesn't seem to have aged a day in its portrayal of the modern American dream and the disappointments and set backs in trying to achieve it. One realizes that despite any skill or talent the system is there to take advantage of these youths, exploit them and move on to the next batch when/if they flame out. Heartbreaking and moving at times but always poignant and thought provoking.
Amazed at how unpretentious this documentary was. Great to see both Agee and Gates as kids again at the end after watching them grow over 5 years in 3 hours. The narration and commentary added in were very well done, especially trying to get at the thoughts in everyones heads.