‘Captain Marvel’ supreme, this is a must watch for all sports fans.
Bryan Robson, arguably the greatest ever captain of Manchester United Football Club. A hero with no ego, this documentary about his life is both a joyous and emotive watch.
The most appealing aspect of this film lasting one hour and forty minutes, is the new unseen footage we see. This is not just an old rehash and collection of his greatest ever goals. Instead, archive footage is mixed with present day interviews specially recorded for this production. It is this mix which gives this documentary a very welcome fresh feel to it.
Narrated superbly throughout by actor and lifelong Man United fan Ian McShane, this is a filmic autobiographical account of Bryan Robson’s life thus far.
We first meet Bryan sitting in the stands at St James’ Park, the home of his boyhood club Newcastle United. We hear him fondly retell his childhood tales of how he used to first go and watch Newcastle with his long-distance lorry-driver dad, Brian.
What shines through most of all in this documentary, is just how much Bryan was, and still is highly respected within the game. We hear glowing tributes from the likes of Gary Lineker, Sir Alex Ferguson, and Eric Cantona.
However, the most insightful contribution came from Bryan’s Scotland and Liverpool FC archnemesis of many years, namely the formidable Graeme Souness. Hearing such praise come from such a fierce opponent should not have come as a surprise, but in some respects it did. It was very magnanimous of Graeme and helped avoid the interviews having any sycophantic feel to them, i.e., the praise came across as genuine.
The most moving part of this documentary came when Bryan and his family discussed his throat cancer diagnosis back in 2011. Having never before aired this footage about his cancer ordeal, it really felt like as viewers we were being given very privileged access.
Hearing that Bryan is now cancer free really gave this film an emotional climax. Watching this celebration of such a national sporting hero, I am unashamed in revealing that I certainly had tears in my eyes as the ending credits rolled.
Bryan Robson really is a true sporting hero with no ego. This is an extremely rare thing these days, and without doubt is exactly why this documentary was so enjoyable to watch. 5/5.