Fighting To The Top
In life, you can do anything you set your mind to. No dream is too big, no idea too outrageous but it comes at a real cost. One many people aren’t willing to take. Sometimes everything seems completely hopeless and out of your reach and it requires effort and a persistent grind to push through that until you get a lucky break that changes everything. Antoine Griezmann is a shining example of this never-say-die attitude.
With a split focus between the 2018 World Cup and Griezmann’s journey to become one of the top footballing talents in the world, this hour-long Netflix documentary does a decent job showing the man behind the talent. Through interviews with Antoine and his Father, we see the struggle to get signed at an early age as well as the hundreds of failed tryouts along the way. All of which, leading to a breakthrough at Real Sociedad.
From here the documentary takes a split focus, with archival footage from the dressing room and action on the pitch at the World Cup interspered with the various moments in Griezmann’s career that led to him being one of the lead stars in the French National Team. It works well for the most part too, with the later segments involving the Champions League and Europa League helping to build toward the dramatic final in Russia where France lifted the trophy.
Of course, with Griezmann being a French national, the documentary is told entirely in French. While this isn’t necessarily a deal breaker, for football enthusiasts used to watching most of these documentaries in English it is worth noting.
The mix of archival footage and interviews do work really well here though although the documentary does reuse some action shots of Griezmann which seems a little unncessary, especially given the hour long run time. Despite this, the various slow motion shots and close-up views of the goals work really well to show off Griezmann’s talent.
For football enthusiasts or anyone looking for a good documentary about overcoming the odds, Making of a Legend is an enjoyable sport documentary. Although it’s not quite as in-depth as Make Us Dream or as emotionally charged as Sunderland Til I Die or All Or Nothing: Manchester City, there’s enough here to make for an enjoyable watch nonetheless.