A doc on England's World Cup winning football hero, Bobby Moore
There aren’t many people who have captained England to a World Cup victory. Well, there’s only one, actually: Bobby Moore. So if anyone in English football is deserving of the documentary treatment, it’s him. ‘Bobby’ takes us through Moore’s story by way of a mind-flaying array of talking heads. Seriously, not just teammates and family, but celebs, doctors, acquaintances, bus drivers, dry cleaners, people who once saw him on the high street… it never ends.
The doc starts with his cup-winning glory days, boozing and dodgy dealing. It ends with the miserable rejection that greeted his post-playing career. After years in the footballing wilderness, Moore found himself travelling the country commentating on games for radio. He remarried, became terminally ill with bowel cancer, died.
It’s a sad tale, but not an unfamiliar one. Millions of people have crap lives that go nowhere: we don’t make documentaries about them. But this is Bobby Moore, England’s golden boy, the only man to captain our country to World Cup victory. You can’t help but feel that a statue outside Wembley and a pretty mediocre documentary is too little, too late.
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