I had a chance to see the documentary Tyson the other day, which features 90 minutes of interview footage from Mike Tyson himself. Mike Tyson has been one of the most polarizing and controversial sports figures of this generation and this documentary gives insight into his life like never before. The documentary chronicles Tyson’s life from his childhood, to his rise to the top of the boxing world, and then his downfall.
As the director, James Toback said in the commentary, if someone were to make a fictional story about Tyson’s life, it would be hard to believe. I quickly understood what he meant as I watched this film.
Tyson has done some really awful, terrible things in his life. There’s been rape convictions, fights with reporters, ear-biting incidents, drug and alcohol abuse and numerous other heinous acts. However as you watch the film, Tyson becomes more and more of a sympathetic figure. He goes into detail of his troubled life as a child in one of the worst neighborhoods in Brooklyn. He discusses all the people who have used him and betrayed him and you begin to realize why he acted that way. You start to feel sorry for him.
When you hear Tyson speak it’s apparent he truly regrets his actions in the past and is at peace with himself today. He seems content with his life these days and you realize that despite all the terrible things he did, there is plenty of good in him.
This is a truly fascinating documentary for any sports fan and I highly recommend you put it at the top of your Netflix queue or purchase the DVD.
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