Jeremy Lin made history by becoming the first Asian-American in the NBA. Throughout his unbelievable journey, the hardships he went through and the lessons he learned will come to light as his life story is put into one documentary.
Now, although I recognize that documentaries are well loved, I myself have never been a huge documentary fan. However, I am an NBA fanatic, and Jeremy Lin has inspired me in countless ways. As a result, I was excited to view this film when I saw it on Netflix.
It's difficult and new for me to write a review about a documentary, so here's how I felt about the film as a whole.
The thing I liked most about this film was the star at the helm, Jeremy Lin. What this guy has done not only for basketball, but for Asians as a whole is unbelievable. Although racism and discrimination still exist, Asians in the United States are still heavily discriminated in their own right. Me being an Asian myself, there's still a lot of barriers that we have to face. Jeremy Lin has the tough job of being in the spotlight, but his personality and his virtues make this documentary more interesting. It's interesting to learn about him as a person and how he views life at this very moment, and I believe that many people should get to know his character better.
The thing I didn't like was that the documentary felt kind of bland at times, and it relied to heavily on interviews and irrelevant home videos. Although interviews are a vital part of documentaries, I always had a problem with excessive interviews. Half the people they interview are from his childhood, and most shouldn't even remember a thing about him. Hearing from his "elementary rec league coach" not only feels fake, but unnecessary. They relied too much on the irrelevant home video clips rather than to tell the story through more interesting, real time action, which made the documentary feel bland at times.
I do like that I got the sense that this film was less about how good Lin was, but rather how this is all one big life lesson. There's so much that you can take away from a story like this and this event really is inspirational to many.
It also felt like the documentary spent so much time on irrelevant events in general, and it never felt like its ending justified the build up. It felt like they never knew where they shift their focus to, leading to pacing issues and scattered attention spans.
In the end, I enjoyed this documentary for what it was, despite some noticeable flaws.
At times where the "plot" takes a negative turn, something hopeful happens. It goes to show faith sometimes can dictate one's journey. Also, when you have nothing and everything to lose, it's when you have the most to prove and accomplish.
Lin is the modern day Rudy and Linsanity is inspiring and an eye-opener!
If Jeremy Lin were white (or black) with a different non-Asian last name, he would have gotten multiple D1 college scholarships, been drafted top 10 in the draft, and already be well known before the NBA so when he took off it wouldn't be a surprise to people. This is based on his actual production, accomplishments, and skills. But him being Asian, kind of like being a white running back or a black scientist, automatically held him back at EVERY LEVEL.