“Race of the Century” Review: Another worthy addition to the “Untold” series – The New Indian Express

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The Race of the Century, the latest documentary in Netflix’s “Untold” series, opens with John Bertrand, the former captain of the Australian yacht racing team, stating: “I’ve never met a world champion who hasn’t be a normal person.You have to be messed up somehow to be able to get out of bed to do extraordinary things.

The line perfectly encapsulates the essence of this truly historic story and the people behind it.
Since its founding in 1851, the New York Yacht Club has reigned supreme over the America’s Cup awarded to the best sailors from around the world participating in the competition. When Australia II, the sailing team led by Bertrand, is aiming for glory, the wind and waves are certainly not in their favor.

What does the Australian team need to beat the current champion, break the hegemony and win the America’s Cup in 1983? Tons of willpower, team spirit, innovation and hard work, all of this was neatly presented in the form of real interviews and footage.

On the one hand, the film emphasizes rigor, determination and sportsmanship, making it a compelling sports documentary. On another, deeper level, he treats these sportsmen, both challengers and defenders, with dignity. Obviously it celebrates the winners, but above all it does not abandon the losers. The structure encourages us to cheer on the underdogs, but the intentions and actions of both sides do not relegate to the rails.

The documentary completely captures the drama and celebration of real-life history. After a rather cold and formal opening, once the stage is ready for a collision, a gripping show awaits us. The tide is not always in favor of our heroes and, as a result, the film takes you through its ups and downs. This is a race filled with overwhelming disappointments and soaring victories.

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The editing keeps you in suspense admirably, even if we know, from the start, how it ends. This is the greatest victory of the documentary: it is able to capture your attention, lulling you into a suspension of disbelief, even if the end is known.

Race of the Century is another worthy addition to the “Untold” series. It is also a reminder that there are many other such inspiring stories waiting to be told. And when they are told with such subtlety, we are forced to listen.

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