Review | "Klitschko"
Audiences have long embraced boxing films for their underdog heroism, and Sebastian Dehnhardt's new documentary, Klitschko, embraces that triumphant spirit with soaring aplomb.
I'm no sports fan, but I defy anyone not to feel a rush of adrenaline while watching Klitschko, an extraordinary story of two brothers from Ukraine whose rise to prominence in the boxing world is fraught with hardship and setback, as they eventually emerge victorious as dual world champions, brothers on top of the world.
While the film has a pretty typical structure, Dehnhardt tells the story so well that it's easy to forget you're watching a documentary. Klitschko has a distinctly narrative sensibility that puts it squarely in the realm of the great boxing films. He thrusts us into the ring with the athletes, building tension into a grand release. It is a film both epic and intimate, a rousing tribute to two incredible athletes who, upon closer inspection, are actually so much more.
GRADE - ★★★½ (out of four)
KLITSCHKO | Directed by Sebastian Dehnhardt | Not rated | In Russian w/English subtitles | Opens today, October 21, in NY & LA.