Ever since whatever happened with Kobe and whatshername in Eagle, Colorado, I loved to make jokes about it.  Then the United States Olympic basketball team was losing in the gold medal game to Spain and I made a deal with the cosmos that if Kobe led the team back and won them a gold medal, I would never make that joke again.  Kobe did it, so I kept my deal with Carl Sagan.  So imagine my great joy when I saw that this film was being made.  Now you can share my enthusiasm in your own home!

Starting this November 24th, now available on DVD from ESPN Films and Buena Vista Home Entertainment comes a movie that purports to be about the greatest basketball player active today.  Kobe – Doin’ Work – MVP Limited Edition is ready to come slamming out of your television screen and fill your living room with a lot of bloated hype, self-absorption and a complete lack of team spirit.  Bring home this Ayn Rand-ian homage to excessive self interest today!

Here’s the setup for you.  This movie is all about Kobe Bryant and is designed to show you that he is the greatest basketball player in the game right now.  Spike Lee made this movie.  Spike took 30 cameras and had them fixed on Kobe for every minute of the game, whether he was a part of the action or not.  Kobe was miked up and we get an unprecedented level of access into life behind the scenes in the NBA, from pre-game in the locker room to strategy decisions courtside.  The Los Angeles Lakers play the San Antonio Spurs for the lead in the race for the title of Western Conference champions.  Kobe will be put to the test, so come along to see just how he and the rest of his team will fare.

The special features included in this DVD are an introduction by Spike Lee, a montage of photos, a playing card of Kobe, a selection of deleted scenes, a music video for one of the songs in the film and a ESPN look behind the scenes at the making of this film.

I watched this movie when it was first shown on ESPN.  I was hanging out at a local sports bar with some friends and was just shocked to see how bad this movie ended up being.  I have always liked the work that Spike Lee does, even if he is way too much of a hit or miss type of filmmaker.  He has had some incredible hits, so I’ll overlook some of the worst movies ever made that he just happened to helm.  Spike Lee has been a lifelong fan of basketball and is good friends with some of the best players of all time.  I figured that if anyone would be able to capture the excitement of a good game, it would be Spike Lee.  I was terribly wrong.  Not only was the movie uninspiring, but the play of Kobe was just tragically lackluster.  All this movie did was to prove once and for all that Kobe never ever plays defense.

This film just plain doesn’t Work.

This DVD is available at Amazon.com.

Nathaniel Jonet
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