• Gareth Crook

Diego Maradona (2019)

Updated: Jul 31, 2019

I had pretty high hopes for this after Kapadia’s previous outings with Senna and Amy. Diego Maradona doesn’t quite hit those heights... but it’s not far off. Made up of archival footage (this seems to be Kapadia’s preference) it tells Maradona’s story exceptionally well. Diego himself narrates a lot of it and that helps tie a thread through the footage, but the lack of talking heads really helps give Kapadia’s work a more cinematic tone. The footage has been lovingly cut, graded and crafted. I’m sure some of the sound is added foley, but even that feels authentic and that’s a good summary word for this, authentic. Honest and truthful, it pulls no punches. I thought I knew a lot about this decisive football icon, but in true great documentary style, this reveals a whole lot more. Whether you like Maradona or not, or like football even, this is a compelling film and a must watch.

8/10


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