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Kobe Doin' Work
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Dec 10, 2009 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Spike Lee

Actors:
Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Director Spike Lee and Lakers sensation Kobe Bryant give us a front row seat (and commentary) of one of the most important games of Kobeís career.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I have to admit, I donít know much about Basketball (I played Football in High School), so when I sat down to watch KOBE DOINí WORK, I didnít know what to expect. I thought it was going to be a ďday in the lifeĒ documentary sort of deal, but what it ended up being was one of 2007/08ís pivotal games between the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs for the Western Conference title lead. Spike Lee filmed this bad boy, and this film plays it back with Kobe giving us a play by play commentary. To me, this was simply a Basketball game being called by a player rather than the guys who usually do it. Again, Iím not much for the sport, but Kobe was fun to listen to.

When I think of Basketball, I think of Michael Jordan (he may be a little old school, but itís better than saying Denis Rodman or Shaq, both of which made really bad movies that make me want to puke). I read a caption in a magazine once that struck a chord in me, and for this reason, Iím able to appreciate Basketball enough to enjoy this film. It was a picture of Michael Jordan with his head down and the caption read, ďIf I didnít play Basketball, would I still be your hero?Ē It may not sound like much, but as I writer, I found it to be one of the most powerful quotes Iíve ever read. Kobe has that spirit; heís a natural leader, a nice guy and someone people look up to. You couldnít ask for a better teammate.

I have tremendous respect for athletes, be it in Basketball or otherwise. In this case, one of my favorite aspects of this film is watching Kobe do his pregame prep while listening to the buzz of the TV as well as the many peopleís predictions. The amount of pressure on people with his kind of talent can be brutal, and I canít imagine prepping for such a big game while listening to the TV preach about how well youíre GOING TO DO, or HOW GREAT YOU ARE and HOW YOUíLL CARRY THIS TEAM TO THE PROMISELAND. Thatís a lot to put on anyoneís plate, mentally, physically and psychologically. Personally, I couldnít listen to all that before I went out, so my hatís off to Kobe, the manís earned his MVP and superstar status as far as Iím concerned.
THE EXTRAS
Spike Lee on Kobeís Commentary: Spike gives Kobeís commentary skills some love and thinks heís make a great sports commentator. I also think he did a great job, who better to call the game than one of its best players.

Deleted Scenes: I wouldnít quite call this a deleted scene; itís just footage from the fourth quarter press conference. They all look the same to me.

Photo Montage: Four and a half minutes of game shots set up like a slideshow. They sure do manage to capture the intensity of the game.

Music Video: The music video ďLevitateĒ by Bruce Hornsby. Itís not much of a video as it is this song playing to the game footage.

E: 60-Behind the Scenes: A quick two minutes of key game footage with Spike Lee giving us his two cents. The man loves his Basketball.

Previews: There are a couple movie trailers, a Blu-ray commercial, a funny Shaq commercial and the choice to watch the game ďas isĒ without Kobeís commentary. This film also comes with an Upper Deck Kobe Bryant Basketball card.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
As I said, Iím not a fan of Basketball, but I can appreciate greatness in whatever form it takes. There might be ten percent of the worldís population that are capable of rising up and being great, and only half that actually possess the will and determination to achieve it. To me, thatís the definition of a true hero. And heroes are worth watching.
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