Nov 17, 2023 | Series Reviews

The docuseries about David Beckham is not the advertorial about the model sportsman married to the so-called posh Spice Girl. It is not a soccer version of I am Georgina, although it could be. The English player who triumphed at Manchester United and had the misfortune of falling back to the galactic Real Madrid, by far the most losing version of this team in the 21st century (almost four years without titles until it finally reached, in extremis, the Liga del Tamudazo). But Beckham's injuries do not come from Real Madrid, but rather from a rojiblanco icon like Diego Pablo Simeone.
The story revolves around the fall from grace of the perfect man in just a few fateful seconds of the 1998 World Cup in France. That play with Cholo Simeone in the Argentina-England match marked a before and after that makes this docuseries work perfectly. That conflict is the backbone of the story of an earthling that many considered, until that moment, immortal. The relationship with his wife is essential in that slump and in his digestion of the soccer populism that stoned him with covers and whistles.
shows his home and children, his ambition and vulnerability, with priceless British naturalness and irony. The moment in which he picks on his wife for boasting a certain middle-class status when she was driving a Rolls Royce to school is sensational. But the four chapters, besides having rhythm and documentation, are marked by a label of veracity so difficult to achieve with a celebrity as laureate and aesthetic as David Beckham.

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