15 April 2009


Written & Directed by: James Toback
Full credits from IMDb

Grade: 3/5

Tyson opens with a bird’s-eye shot of a boxing ring, suggesting that the film to follow might be a judgment of the titular mortal, through a lens godly. No such luck — not godly, just Tobackly. This straightforward, apotheosizing biodoc is too ensorcelled by its subject to take the cold, distanced or objective view. It plays out instead as one long fawning interview; writer-director Toback sets his camera in front of the scary, now-face-tattooed pugilist and lets him spill his compelling story as he sees it: the childhood bullying and heavyweight championships; the marriages and rape scandal; the Buster Douglas fight and, um, the Holyfield ear…incident.

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