One Night In Turin Reviews
In any documentary, you need a character that you can find an interest in, something that would fascinate you regardless of whether you enjoy the subject or not. Here the documentary revolves around the two most important Englishmen during Italia 90‚(TM), the manager Bobby Robson, at the time vilified & ridiculed, and the player Paul ‚Gazza‚? Gascoigne, an outstanding talent but untrusted at International level.
The arc of the two characters, ‚Gazza‚? growing to be instrumental to the team, only for on the biggest stage, to have his heart broken, and cry with the nation as he was yellow carded, and hereby, banned from the final, coincides with the travails of Robson, rising against adversity, demonstrating his heart and desire, helping the team drag themselves to the semi-finals, leaving the England team a hero.
There is in fact one beautiful moment where, before the Penalties in the semi-finals are taken, ‚Gazza‚?, tears in his eyes, is comforted by Robson, who tells him ‚you‚(TM)ve been one of the best players of the tournament my lad, you‚(TM)ve earned this, and you have your whole career ahead of you‚?, subtitles displaying Robson‚(TM)s comments.
Overall the documentary was enjoyable, showing the conditions of the time, the standards, and places you into the frame mind of the English at the time, so you get an idea of how important the tournament was all round. For fans of football, it would be a good documentary to enjoy.
For years the so called English disease had ripped the game apart with Hooligans gaining a rep so bad which culiminated in the Heysel stadium disaster in 1985.
Following that and The Hillsborugh dsaster the previous year hopes for the world cup that year were not high.
This fascinating documentary uncovers how a team of so called donkeys came agonizingly close to reaching the world cup final.
Gary Oldmans naration is based on Pete Davis book All played out which followed the team and fans during Italia 90.
Whats follows uncovers how the goverment of the time were clueless when it came to the game and how genuine fans were treated by Italian Police.
The main focus of the film is on Bobby Robson and Paul Gasgoine showing how during the world cup bothe came through being called no hopers and turn them selves into legends.
Being a football fan i remember Italia 90 and the film envokes the period very well indeed ,it also has plenty of unseen footage and a stonking sound track.
A very good film for fans and non fans alike
The film seems happy to let the story play out in a fairly simple manner, and there doesn‚??t seem to be any argument or agenda in this documentary aside from the telling of the story itself, which on the one hand I think is good for those with passionate memories of the games, but for others it may be slightly disappointing, as parts do feel like they are just being read out of an Italia 90 fact book. The football sequences also leave a little something to be desired, which may or may not be due to legal issues as to who owns copyright to the footage. They get going with nice build up, the audience just starts to get hooked into the action, and then it cuts to still photographs or shots of anonymous feet slowing kicking a ball about. It never allows you to fully be taken away with the play, and if that is a directorial choice, then it was the wrong one. However, for most of those watching it, the matches are the bare bones (as we all know the outcomes seeing as it was played out 20 years ago), and the real highlights come in the form of the behind the scenes footage, and the interviews. These do not disappoint, and you are left with some great clips and features which are as funny now as they were then, mostly featuring Gascoigne at his very best. Gazza is the star of this film, and is the focus of almost all of the directors attention, which again can either be a good thing for those who believe he was the bright light in the team, or could leave you slightly hollow at not getting insights into the thoughts of people like Lineker or Terry Butcher, who would have added something else to the mix. The one man who you never begrudge seeing on screen however is the films true hero, Bobby Robson. It is clear from the first few frames that he is idolised by the director as much as the audience and it is a moving experience seeing him at his highest level, acting with the dignity and honour that came so naturally to him.
One Night in Turin doesn‚??t answer that many questions, although it does paint a very good picture of its time, and reminds us rather than informs us. It certainly won‚??t be for everyone, and looking at it purely from a documentary standpoint, it may come up slightly short of the mark, but this film feels from the first shot to the last a labour of love. It is made about England fans, by England fans, for England fans, and for those who love the three lions, you cannot possibly come away without having felt moved by the actions on screen. You get to see Gazza acting the fool, you get to see England play free flowing football, you get to see a world cup that still ranks as our 2nd most successful, and you get to see Sir Bobby Robson on the big screen, and admire the legend of the game that he was. Does it preach to the choir? Almost unashamedly yes, but if you are one of that choir, it will more than entertain you for 90 minutes, which is sometimes more than you can say for watching England play live. A great watch, and a perfect way to induce world cup fever ahead of South Africa.
It‚??s a familiar tale, but only the hardest of hearts would dismiss its storytelling gusto and clever use of archive footage. A better world with Bobby Robson, and Lynam on the BBC. And yes the penalties still hurt.