Esquire (Malaysia) - - MACHINERY -

(2016) Di­rected by Ezra Edel­man

There’s no doubt this epic retelling of the life and times of OJ Simp­son is a mile­stone of doc­u­men­tary mak­ing. Dozens of in­ter­views with all ma­jor play­ers (ex­cept the head­line star, who—spoiler alert—has just been granted pa­role), ter­rific work in the ar­chives and ad­mirable com­mit­ment to telling the most even-handed story pos­si­ble. But to those whose knowl­edge of OJ runs to: “for­mer NFL player ac­quit­ted of killing his wife and also in The Naked Gun”, the film is a rev­e­la­tion. Just some of the high­lights: his re­la­tion­ship with the Black Power move­ment; his pi­o­neer­ing drive to turn sport­ing fame into main­stream, high-earn­ing celebrity; his as­ton­ish­ing self-be­lief; his mur­der trial shift­ing from OJ ver­sus The Man, to Black ver­sus White in Amer­ica; how the book If I Did It, his “hy­po­thet­i­cal” ac­count of the mur­der of his wife Ni­cole Brown Simp­son and her friend Ron Goldman ended up be­ing pub­lished by Goldman’s fa­ther. And, in the frank, fear­less, an­i­mated defence at­tor­ney Carl Dou­glas, you have the most mag­nif­i­cent talk­ing-head in all of doc­u­men­tary.

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