I tend to watch a lot of sports-based documentaries, and I am, just in general, a big fan of the documentary medium.
Let me start of by saying that I went into this movie expecting a 'glorious celebration' of what can only be described as two of the most influential fighters in the world of boxing. I was expecting to watch a documentary, that fell into that nearly unavoidable pit of shameless self-promotion/idolization.
I was WRONG! This nearly 120-minute EPIC, not only is probably the most humble and honest boxing-doc I've ever seen. It re-defines the format of the standard sports-documentary, and presents us with an insight into the REAL important moments of a fighter's career, namely, dealing with loss, mental and physical defeat, maintaining you strife for excellence, and learning from your mistakes.
The documentary is engrossing, it spans the early childhood of the brothers, their excellence in local Ukrainian kick-boxing, their switch to a pro career. all information is presented with exceptional moderation, providing nothing but essential and informative stories and facts. No 'dead-air' here folks! The picture that this film paints is one of overcoming personal and psychological issues, becoming a better person through hardship and defeat, through challenge and distress.
The documentary also sheds an interesting light on Vitali's political engagements, which i found to be quite remarkable. I could also appreciate that the film doesn't focus on the brother's charity work in detail. Something that I found refreshingly selfless and humble.
IN CONCLUSION: The film is long, but every single minute is entertaining, informative and just a great watch. The editing and production are tremendous.
The film left me with a remarkable feeling, even though i know I just watched the defining documentary about two of the most successful boxers in history, I came to the realization that what was portrayed in the film was much more humble and sincere. The film focused on the VERY few losses they had, and doesn't ravel in the greatness that they rightfully have established. Very few 'EPIC' scenes, and plenty of personal, heartfelt and sincere moments with the Klitchko's.
I rate this film a 9/10 - Not just based on content, but also as a film that could possibly provide a blue-print for the 'new style' of sports documentaries. all in all, A MUST SEE.