Director: Glen Keane
Starring: Kobe Bryant
Studio: Believe Entertainment Group
Rated: Not Rated
Watch short here.
I know Bryant was a controversial figure in sports. My brother personally didn't like him very much. It might have been because he was on the opposing team. It might have been the legal problems he got into. It might have been Bryant's overall attitude. As someone who does not particularly care about sports (and have not watched a full game of basketball in years), I can only judge the words and images as they appear on screen. What little we have here is masterful stuff. It perfectly visualizes the beauty of a sport I don't particularly care about, and Bryant's narration feels sincere. Likewise, the short feels like a passion project from Keane, who animates the sport with great emotion, and Williams, who is certainly big enough to say no to a project like this. "Dear Basketball" is six minutes of perfection. One that I feel can unite people in how they view (and understand) how a sport can touch someone so deeply in their life.