TV Review: Kareem Minority of One (2015)

Posted: January 2, 2016 in Documentary, TV

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A documentary on the life and career of NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

This documentary is certainly comprehensive, maybe a little too comprehensive, it covers everything about Abdul-Jabbar’s life, and sports career.  By covering so many different topics in one documentary, the film seems superficial.  It also focuses mostly on his sports career, which is not the most intriguing aspect of the man. I would have preferred a more focused look at the man.  He is a reflective, intellectual, contemplative individual.  Most people who would watch a documentary on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s life already know about his sporting accomplishments, why not look deeper into the man and what made him tick? How did it feel to follow in the footsteps of a legend like Wilt Chamberlain?   How does he feel about being a prominent Muslim in a post 9/11 world?  The documentary covers his relationship with Chamberlain, and his conversion to Islam but only in a cursory way. By passing through these subjects so quickly, Minority of One becomes just one of many forgettable sports documentaries. In fact, the title may be the most interesting part of this film.

The documentary techniques are nothing, old film clips from his high school and college, interviews with television, movie, music and sports starts, with nothing new or revelatory insights into Abdul-Jabbar or  what drove him to be arguably the greatest center of all time.  Regrettably, viewers should pass up this documentary, there is little new to learn from watching this.

Kareem: Minority of One. Kareem doesn’t rise to the top.


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