I have seen about ten Olympics documentaries now and People, Hopes, Medals is neither among the best nor the worst of them. As a documentary, the movie does its job. The events are competently filmed, so you get a sense of what the events were like and who won. I personally found the narration by the two German commentators rather grating, especially when they tried to be funny. (I was particularly appalled when they kept making fun of one poor Korean athlete.) I thought the music was a little too jaunty and the film makers used the same bit of music over and over for each entrant in an event. Which meant that by the end of an event I would be thoroughly sick of hearing that piece. But overall, it is hard to make a truly bad movie about the Olympics as it is always fun to watch athletes at the top of their game compete and People, Hopes, Medals, as relentlessly average as it is, is no exception to that rule.
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