February 25, 2012 Leave a comment
This is the portrait of the American Life. I have never really seen a film that explores the complex issues of life through the story of basketball. Hoops Dreams is one those films that catch you off guard when you first watch it. I went in expecting to watch a documentary about two high school kids, competing and hoping for the chance to chase their dream of being drafted into the NBA. It’s an underdog story with a goal at the end, but the film ended up being something more than a sports film. How often can you say that a sports film expertly captured the nuances of American life, exploring complex issues like race, poverty, class, and education.