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Anyone who doubts that documentaries can have as much dramatic and emotional power as the best narrative films should see the Greg Louganis doc, Back on Board.
There is something poignant about the footage of Louganis now (or really, a couple of years ago), making public appearances to scrape by, and finding his way back to a sport he dominated after having removed himself from it.
Back on Board: Greg Louganis is a plainly told but powerful documentary about [Louganis'] life.
The film relies too heavily on a manipulated structure involving the potential loss of the house, but in the end, that doesn't detract from our sympathy for Louganis.
...an absorbing and, in the end, typically American story of perseverance through adversity.
Furjanic shows a keen sense of how to structure Louganis' failures alongside his dramatic victories for maximum impact, as well as making poignant personal-is-political statements about evolving views of homosexuality.
Louganis' sunny personality... and quite a lot of spectacular footage of his winning run make the film compelling.
[Louganis'] transformation from athlete to activist makes for compelling biography, and his poignant return to the sport as a mentor to the USA diving team at the 2012 London Olympics gives Back on Board a satisfying and moving conclusion.
Offers little that is new to anyone who has read (Louganis's) autobiography or seen the TV movie adapted from it. Not particularly interesting or well made.
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