Celebrating the Legacy of Robert Clemente: A Review of “Clemente” and “The Last Cheech & Chong Movie”

Celebrating the Legacy of Robert Clemente: A Review of “Clemente” and “The Last Cheech & Chong Movie”

This film is by David Altrogge “Clemente” a loving ode to one of the most impressive and important athletes of all time. Robert Clemente was the first Latin American to win an MVP, a World Series MVP and be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He broke the color barrier in a way that still resonates across all sports today. It was fitting that I watched this film on the same day I downloaded the latest edition of Sony’s “The Show,” which features the great Vladimir Guerrero Jr., one of many Latin American athletes who follow, on the cover Clemente’s giant film. traces and perpetuate its legacy by changing the game.

“Clemente” spends enough time on the field and in the clubhouse for baseball nuts, focusing a lot on the historic 1971 World Series, the one in which Clemente’s Pirates lost two games to the one of the most impressive teams of all. time in the 1971 Baltimore Orioles. That he died a little more than a year later, in a plane crash while trying to bring emergency supplies to Nicaragua, was unimaginable to his millions of fans.

The baseball thing is fun but familiar – it’s in the humanization of Clemente that Altrogge’s film really succeeds. Not only does he get warm interviews from Clemente’s sons, but he talks to the fans Roberto interacted with in ways they’ll forget. There’s the amazing story of a woman whose father drove Clemente after the team left him because he was taking too long to sign autographs: their families became lifelong friends. Richard Linklater, who also produced the film, talks about how he would send photos to his favorite athletes in the hopes of getting a signature. Clemente replied. He simply showed up at children’s hospitals because he knew his presence could do some good. You could say that “Clemente” is a piece of hagiography, but it feels like this is a guy who deserves it. As someone says in the film: “Everything about him was royal.” Let him wear the crown placed on his head by the film that bears his name.

No wreaths are distributed in the David Bushell Museum. “The Last Cheech & Chong Movie” a detailed story of the early lives and partnership of two of the most famous comedians of their generation: Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin. The two gentlemen acquit themselves wonderfully, particularly in a series of conversational scenes as they walk across a desert talking about their friendship and sometimes contentious partnership. There are times when some of these scenes feel a little stagey, especially when the couple is fighting over their possible breakup, and I wanted to get a little more context on Cheech & Chong’s impact on comedy – ethnicity is strangely avoided for most scenes. the project, which is a mistake given how many doors these guys have opened and how their unique cultural voice is one of the reasons they’ve become so popular. That said, it’s certainly an easy watch, the sort of thing that I assume will appear on a service like Hulu later this year.

2024-03-17 18:43:09
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