Michael Jordan to the Max (2000)
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For much of the movie only about a sixth of the screen was being used. Examples of this were the many commercials Jordan has appeared in. I did not go to IMAX to watch commercials I've already seen Jordan and his sponsors repeatedly screen on TV.
At least I got to see some of the great Luc Longley in action.
Michael Jordan was the most famous, most honored, and probably the greatest professional basketball player of his generation, an athlete whose intelligence, charisma, and dazzling on-court skill helped earn his game a new level of popularity and won Jordan a record six NBA title rings. Michael Jordan to the Max, shot and initially released in the high-definition IMAX film format, takes a documentary look at Jordan's life and career, focusing primarily on the 1998 NBA playoffs, in which Jordan and the Chicago Bulls achieved their sixth professional championship under his leadership, shortly before announcing his final retirement from the court. Along the way, we're offered glimpses of Jordan's early days growing up in North Carolina, his rise to fame, and his successful off-court careers in business and advertising.
Michael Jordan to the Max is, aside from the IMAX process, the kind of routine documentary a local TV station might air on a Sunday afternoon when a ballgame is rained out.Nothing much is learned from what makes Michael such an incredible athlete and most charismatic professional basketball player in his generation.sports icon, gets another buffing. Michael Jordan, person, remains private and just a little bit richer.Essentially just a promotional film for Jordan as a product as it plays like a commercial for itself.
And they never talked about Michael winning the Slam Dunk Contest with the famous taking off from the free-throw line dunk... Instead they showed a Michael jump from the free-throw line against a cheap blue-screen of the Bulls Arena slamming dunk... come on now! It was so obvious it's fake, they should of used the Real 1987 slamdunk contest one... They should also have included the story when he won a gold medal in 1992 at the Olympic games with the Dream Team... This movie is totally incomplete, MJ accomplished more stuff then what this movie shows which is a real disappointment.
Okay, if you don't know anything about this guy then watch this movie, it's a good start but if you're already a fan of MJ and saw the 1998 NBA Playoffs of the Bulls then forget it...
In my prospective this movie was about 65% done, The movie was only about 50 minutes long (i guess they didnt want to make it too long cause you'll get sick watching it on the huge IMAX screen but this is a waste to buy on video). This movie was not even close to the MAX, a real disappointment for MJ Fans...
I thought that the documentary was well done and pretty insightful. I only wish they would have done a lot more of the wide angle shots which are usually associated with any of the IMAX productions. None the less I would recommend this film to anyone who either likes basketball or not, it is at the very least a very upbeat and moral boosting film.
So, to sum it up. This movie is not bad, especially because of it's quality (IMAX). The other two movies that I mentioned, doesn't have IMAX quality, but are much better and more enjoyable, and they have everything that movie about one of the greatest basketball athletes and a basketball legend, should have. I own all three movies and together they make a great collection for basketball or NBA fans. If you were Jordan's fan or just love basketball, go get them. You won't regret it. ;-)