Paul McGuire Grimes of Paul’s Trip to the Movies gives us his take on the documentary, The Last Dance now streaming on Netflix. Plus, his review of Beyonce’s Black is King on Disney+.
THE LAST DANCE (Netflix)
The Last Dance is a 10-episode documentary series from ESPN that charts the life and career of basketball legend Michael Jordan. It originally aired on ESPN from April to May of this year and is now streaming on Netflix. Jordan was the face and king of the Chicago Bulls on and off the court from 1984 through 1998. After winning five championships, tensions start to mount with the team. General Manager Jerry Krause wanted to make big changes that could alter whether or not Jordan and the rest of the team which included Scottie Pippin and Dennis Rodman could pull of a sixth win. The first episode sets up the ’97-‘98 season under Coach Phil Jackson as “The Last Dance” a moniker Jackson coined for his playbook.
RATING: 5 out of 5 TICKET STUBS
BLACK IS KING (Disney+)
In my opinion, Beyonce is one of the greatest artists of her generation. With each musical project she elevates her style and sound to new heights. Her new film, Black is King, is also considered a visual album. Last year, Beyonce provided the voice of Nala in the remake of The Lion King. She also provided a new song for the film called “Spirit” and an accompanying album of inspired music called “The Gift” With Black is King she continues to use The Lion King for inspiration as this story features a young black boy in his journey to adulthood. We see Beyonce dressed all in white at a baptismal ceremony for the boy. We then watch him grow up in a poor African village and tempted for evil by his elders. Fortune and wealth come his way but is told to return to the river, so your roots and your story will be reborn.
RATING: 4.5 out of 5 TICKET STUBS
Disney announced that Mulan will now be skipping a theatrical release and opting for its streaming service Disney+ with a September 4 arrival. This comes after originally pushing its opening from March 27 to August 21. It’s release is a mixed model from what we have been used to seeing for streaming or Video OnDemand releases. Disney+ will charge $29.99 if you want to view Mulan. This will then be a purchase price instead of a rental. Other movies like The King of Staten Island and Trolls World Tour were available for a $19.99 for a 48-hour rental. Just because you own Mulan, doesn’t mean it lasts forever as you will lose it if you unsubscribe from Disney+. This is also a change for how we think about the content we get from streaming services. Disney+ films like Hamilton and Black is King were and continue to be free for subscribers.