Friday, October 1, 2010

Magic and Bird: A Courtship of Rivals

You don’t have to live in LA or Boston to know the story of what Magic Johnson and Larry Bird did to save professional basketball from becoming a total joke. While this excellent documentary does a god job of recapping the facts, its real strength lies in letting us get a close up and personal look at the men and the friendship they developed over the years. The footage of Magic is good, but it’s clear form the first interview that he loves the camera and has no problem telling anybody anything about himself. The big surprise here is that HBO got the usually press shy Bird to open up, too.

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