Hustle (2022) – The Movie Reviews

Hustle is an American sports drama signed by Jeremiah Zagar as director and Taylor Matern and Will Fetters as screenwriters. It is a project produced by superstar LeBron James through his company SpringHill, and the main role is played by an avid basketball fan. Adam Sendler. A large number of professional basketball players and basketball coaches appear in the film in cameo roles or by presenting themselves. Hustle premiered on Netflix on June 3.

Sendler plays Stanley, a professional scout from the Philadelphia basketball team who is tired of traveling and wants to take on the role of assistant coach in order to be closer to his family. However, he was forced / blackmailed to scout again and noticed Bo Cruz (NBA basketball player) while visiting Spain. Huančo Hernangomez), an amateur who plays basketball in bets in the suburbs of Madrid. Encouraged by his newfound purpose and excited after a long time, Stanley decides that his mission is to prepare Boa for the NBA draft at any cost and takes him with him to the United States.

Sports dramas are one of the most popular genres because it is in the nature of most people to cheer for someone to succeed, especially if that someone had little chance of success. They usually follow a predictable formula in which the outsider overcomes all obstacles, and the protagonist of this film dances with despair and defeat more than we would expect from such a story. It’s about a guy who is very talented in basketball, and a scout notices the skills of this ignored and forgotten athlete – Bo could have become a professional, but he became a single father and had to miss his chance.

The obvious path of this story is that it is only a matter of time before the guy will find himself on the right field and in front of the right people, with a pencil in his hand who will sign a lucrative contract. Technically, Hustler it does not break the formal mold, but under every training montage, every imaginary obstacle and every move that the script takes towards the obvious end, there is a true sense of despair and frustration that moves, but often overcomes these characters. Thanks to the equal personalization of scenes from the field and behind the scenes, as well as the guest appearances of popular athletes, the details of this film seem sincere, although as a whole they represent fiction.

The story after the meeting of Stanley and Bo becomes a mixture of predictable (long editing of Bo who improves his skills, a series of obstacles for both central characters, overcoming these obstacles) and surprisingly thoughtful character development, both in terms of script and acting. In this film, Sendler abandons every kind of conspicuousness, playing Stanley as a defeated man when his passion for sports has not left him. He disappears in the quiet and restrained role of a man full of remorse who spent his career traveling the world looking for hidden stars instead of dedicating himself to the coaching profession. The most vital role belongs to the basketball player from Spain, Juan Hernangomez, who unexpectedly shows that he has more than decent acting talent, and in his favor he has a naive facial feature under which insecurity and anger are hidden.

Of all the details discussed involving these characters and how they start this story, one of the smarter choices is that the most significant hurdle for an ambitious athlete has nothing to do with his past, skepticism or missed opportunities, but with what is inside – allowing doubts to overwhelm his own feelings. quality or purpose.

Numerous basketball professionals from all generations appear in episodic and cameo roles. Among them, Boban Marjanović certainly stands out, who represents a Serbian player who is obviously lying that he is 22 years old. The role of the antagonist went to Minnesota basketball player Anthony Edwards, who represents an arrogant and arrogant supertalent. The impressive guest list includes names such as Julius Irving, Kenny Smith, Dirk Nowitzki, Doc Rivers, Shekil O’Neill and others.

Hustle presents us with a classically formulated sports story that stands out because it really cares about its characters and has hosted a large number of basketball professionals who raise the whole project to a significantly higher level.

my final grade: 8/10

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