The movie’s trajectory is also a bit predictable and you should know that this film focuses quite squarely on his early life. What can bog the film down at times though is that it can get a bit heavy-handed.
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Times of India
Pele: Birth of a Legend is a fairly comprehensive and stirring story about a personality in football who needs no introduction whatsoever. His meteoric rise to fame and the playing style he popularized originated in the slums of Sao Paulo, where even grinding poverty couldn't keep him from his passion. This is his story.
Right from the outset, this film goes for the mainline in terms of making an emotional connection with the audience. A lot of time is devoted to depicting Pele's childhood (born Edson Arantes Do Nascimento and nicknamed Dico by his parents, he is in the film played by Carvalho and de Paula at various stages of his youth) and his passion for the game. Indeed, he was so poor that even purchasing a football was out of his financial reach. But that would not stop him from realizing his dream. Indeed, after Brazil's devastating loss in the 1950 World Cup final, a saddened nine-year-old Dico makes the bold and unlikely promise to his father that someday he will go on to win a World Cup for Brazil.
Jeff and Michael Zimbalist take care to depict Pele's own unique and original style of playing, which came to be known as Ginga. The playing style is almost rhythmic in its flow, which was very different from the rather methodical style of other teams at that time. AR Rahman's music goes a long way towards translating the game's exuberance onscreen. And when Pele does dribble the ball, it looks like he's dancing with it. These are some of the highlights of the movie.
What can bog the film down at times though is that it can get a bit heavy-handed. The very same emotion that it goes for, can make it a bit drippy at times. The movie's trajectory is also a bit predictable and you should know that this film focuses quite squarely on his early life.
But having said that, the good points outweigh the bad, and if you're a football fan, you'll realize why football's 'the beautiful game' description came to be associated with Pele.
The film was initially planned to be released in conjunction with the FIFA World Cup 2014 but it was delayed due to an incomplete shoot.
Seu Jorge, who plays Dondinho in this film, played a character in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou named Pelé dos Santos.
âBorn EDSON ARANTES DO NASCIMENTO, but nicknamed DICO by his parents, the man that football fans around the world would forever come to know as PELE grows up in the poor Brazilian village of Bauru. After Brazil's devastating loss in the 1950 World Cup final, a devastated nine-year-old young Dico makes the bold and unlikely promise to his father that someday he will go on to win a World Cup for Brazil. Dico grows up helping his father in his janitorial duties at the local clinic every day after school to help his family get by. One day Dico joins his mother to work cleaning the house of a wealthy factory owner, and overhears their son JOSE and his friends discussing a local youth football tournament and a famous professional scout that will be in attendance. When Dico mispronounces the name of a locally known goalkeeper, Jose and his friends make fun of him, nicknaming him "PELE", a name he initially loathes. Dico convinces his friends to enter the tournament, where they do well and make it to the final game, only to face Jose and his friends. They lose the final, but only after a dramatic comeback to almost tie the game thanks to Dico's showcase of incredible skill and embrace of Ginga: the joy and spirit of the Brazilian people. After the tournament, the professional scout makes Dico an offer to try out for Santos FC, a professional soccer club. The Pele name follows him as he travels to Santos, Brazil, where he moves up through the youth squad to the reserve squad and eventually works his way up to the professional level team. His unorthodox Ginga style of play is of great concern to his coaches, but they can't argue with results as he leads the team to several victories. At age 16, Dico gets a most unlikely call to join the Brazilian national team for the 1958 World Cup, where he learns that he'll have to compete for a starting position with a new hotshot player - non other than his childhood rival Jose. Competition for starting positions and style of play is intense, and Dico injures his knee during a practice, with everyone fearing that he will have to be sidelined from the entire tournament. But it is too late to replace him, and he travels with the team to Sweden for the 1958 World Cup. Jose is chosen to start while Dico undergoes treatment for his knee injury, and Brazil just barely progresses on from the elimination group stage. Just as Dico is cleared to play, Jose suffers an injury, and Dico replaces him in the starting team. Brazil barely makes it past the USSR and onto the semifinal with France. At halftime, with the game tied, Jose reveals to Dico that he is in fact not injured, but that he took himself out of the game so that Dico could play, having finally realized that the Brazilian team must be proud of who they are and embrace the "Ginga" style of play, reminding Dico of the way he displayed a few years earlier at the youth tournament. Bolstered by Jose's support, an inspired Dico scores three goals and leads Brazil past France and onto the World Cup final. In spite of overwhelming odds against them, Brazil rallies behind Dico and the Ginga style, and beats home team favorite Sweden in a stunning upset. Playing this unique and breathtaking style, for which football would forever become known as "the beautiful game", and led by Dico, now known as Pele, Brazil wins it's first ever World Cup and becomes the first nation to ever win a World Cup while playing outside of its own continent. A legend is born!
Very good movie. And of course able to see the beautiful Brazilian football once again. A must watch for Brazil and Pele fans and also those, who loves beautiful playing style.<br/>Another thing worth mentioning, background score is amazing...