Getting To Know Better a London 2012 Celebrity Athlete
A Quick TV Review
No, soccer superstar David Beckham is not an Olympian. But he maybe almost was, and definitely was a visible presence for London 2012. So, there certainly exists an Olympic-related connection to inspire watching with interest the new Netflix documentary, Beckham.
From his start as a Manchester United fan as a child to his joining and coming of age with the club...to his well-publicized relationship with Spice Girl Victoria 'Posh' Adams...to moves to subsequent clubs Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, AC Milan, and Paris St. Germain...Beckham presents the Beckhams' own perspectives on all the key events.
There's an earnestness to Beckham's love for his childhood club and for the sport. Viewers who might be prejudiced against him due to his achingly distracting global popularity might find a surprisingly relatable and engaging Beckham here. Also shining through is a sincerity in the Beckhams' relationship, allaying any naysaying skepticism there, too.
So...what of Beckham's Olympic links? The former Team England captain and multiple club champion had been keen to play for Team Great Britain at those home Games in 2012, but was famously passed over. Yet his Olympic legacy lives in his prior bid participation and a memorable torch appearance at the Opening Ceremony. Perhaps these mentions ended on the cutting room floor*. Too bad. Regardless, Beckham provides both a quality retrospective on Beckham the star player and empathetic conversations with Beckham the man.
*p.s. Atlanta 1996 medalist and former club teammate Ronaldo makes interview appearances, though!