Picture the new Netflix film about David Beckham as a British-oriented documentary version of “Friday Night Lights”: Whether you’re drawn to the football or the soap-opera-level drama, this movie has it all.
Directed by Fisher Stevens, the film delves into the life of a simple London-born kid who became not only a legendary soccer player but also an international celebrity married to Victoria Beckham, a.k.a. Posh Spice.
The documentary features in-depth interviews with David and Victoria, as well as their family, friends, and colleagues, who provide candid insights into the highs and lows of Beckham’s extraordinary life.
The first episode takes us to Beckham’s Cotswolds country house, where he tends to beehives and reflects on his journey, from playing football in his family’s backyard to signing his first contract with Manchester United. It explores the pivotal moment when Beckham scored a remarkable goal for Manchester United in 1996, catapulting him to worldwide fame.
The documentary also delves into David and Victoria’s romance, with David falling for Victoria’s charm and declaring his intention to marry her after spotting her on television. Their whirlwind romance captured the nation’s attention, from secret trips to London to Victoria’s pregnancy announcement on the eve of a crucial 1998 World Cup match.
However, the turning point in the documentary occurs during that World Cup match when Beckham received a red card for kicking an opponent. This moment made him the most hated man in England, resulting in a relentless barrage of abuse and threats.
What sets this documentary apart is the emotional depth and honesty displayed by both David and Victoria when recounting these events. They discuss how these experiences scarred them and how their strong marriage helped them weather the storm. Their love and devotion become the cornerstone of their extraordinary lives.
The documentary is a testament to the enduring love between two iconic figures, and it reveals that their relationship, forged in the fires of fame and celebrity, is capable of withstanding the most significant challenges.