|I Am Bruce Lee (2011)|
|Starring:||Bruce Lee, Linda Lee Cadwell, Shannon Lee, Teri Tom, Dana White, Jon Jones, and Kobe Bryant.|
The philosophy of Bruce Lee is brought into the film extensively, but almost all discussions of this man do eventually revolve around these ideals that he would often speak of. His philosophical teachings were complex and, for my money at least, maybe even a bit too too overtly dramatic, but this was mostly due to his showmanship in all facets of his life. Such can be said for many of the speakers who show up in this documentary. Overall, Lee’s teachings are given their due respect and the film offers a very telling look at this interesting man. However, I can understand that some movie fans will walk away disappointed by the guests that are brought in to give their opinions within the documentary. What does Taboo from The Black Eyed Peas really have to say about Bruce Lee and his legacy? He’s no expert on martial arts, Cinema, or any combination of the two. Still, I think that this peculiar crossing over into the pop world may inevitably be the key aspect of this documentary that actually makes it unique. This is not a film that looks to be the most detailed version of Bruce Lee’s life. There have been other films that have given fairly accurate depictions of his cinematic work and his personal life, but I Am Bruce Lee seems to be primarily concerned with legacy. This is a documentary that focuses on Bruce’s effect on the world. From the role that his machismo has had in inspiring young men to strive for something different, to the effect that his teachings have had on traditional martial arts. Although many of the guests who are interviewed do indeed seem pointless, the fact that Bruce Lee could inspire them is a testament to his enduring legacy. Even if it only means that Taboo from The Black Eyed Peas turns his body to a 90 degree angle (like Bruce) while belting out his awful music onstage.