I'm guessing Shane had a lot of input into this doco as it skims over the trials of his career and speaks to his tribulations in great length. Some strange choices of character references (Ray Martin?) but otherwise a pretty good insight into the rise and rise of one Shane Keith Warne.
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Action / Documentary / Sport
For a guy who grew up thinking only of Australian Rules football, it's almost an accident that Shane Warne became the greatest cricketer of a generation, and one of the greats of all time. Mastering the difficult art of spin bowling after being kicked out of football for not being a good enough player proved a pivotal choice for 19 year old Shane - declared unfit and fat, he transformed himself. When success came, so did fame and adulation, money and prestige but a betting scandal, drugs scandal, and affairs that cost him his marriage, threatened his career. From the lows of a 12 month ban he rebuilt his cricket, his career, and his reputation as one of the most ferocious competitors on the planet, admired and revered by millions.
March 19, 2022 at 12:44 PM
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It was Ok
Interesting despite the many meaningless, superficial interviews
A documentary on the life and feats of Shane Warne, arguably cricket's greatest ever spin bowler.
A fairly interesting documentary. It covers well Warne's history from pre-cricket days to fame and then to retirement from the game. We get a sense of what drives him and made him great as well as the sacrifices he had to make. One of these sacrifices is on the family side and we get to see how his career affected his wife and children.
The interviews with Warne himself aren't bad and give a decent insight into his mentality and passion.
Far from brilliant though. While many of the interviewees are relevant and insightful, e.g. Allan Border, Mark Taylor, Ian Botham, Merv Hughes, many of the interviews are just people (some of whom are great cricketers in their own right) saying how great he is without contributing anything substantial. It gets a bit one-dimensional after a while.
The worst offenders are the interviewees who have nothing to do with cricket - Chris Martin (of Coldplay, not the New Zealand cricketer), Ray Martin and, worst of all, Ed Sheeran. Heaven knows why they were interviewed. If I want to hear someone banging on about how great Shane Warne is, they should at least be someone who has played cricket at the highest level themselves.
Reminds me how great and unique Warne was, could have done with deeper insight
The documentary is well put together. Shane Warne is one of the great characters in sport and the greatest cricketer of my time. This documentary serves to remind me there was nothing like him, the way he spun the ball, got into batsman's heads and got in the news was unlike anyone.
It was definitely a positive view of Warne however to its detriment. There was a roll call of Shane's friends, however some, like Chris Martin and Ed Sheeran were wasted, instead of giving an insight into the effects of fame they talked about him as a cricket fan.
It would have also been great to hear from some people who weren't as positive towards him. Steve Waugh on managing him as a captain, dropping him in West Indies and their relationship even from someone from South Africa like a Graeme Smith on what Warne was like as an opposition player, especially when he crossed the line.
However it was good to get a greater insight into his family life, and his success in the IPL. Warne was truly one of a kind, and the good and the not always good made him who he was.
How many more lives is the vaxx going to take?
The best leg spinner the world has ever known. RIP Shane.
Thanks for this. I've been a fan of Shane's he came to the sport of cricket and I always enjoyed watching him devastate the England cricket team. Good man Shane!