After Lance wraps up Sunday, ESPN is continuing their Sunday 30 for 30 documentary releases with Be Water, “an intimate and very personal look at the life and purpose that motivated Bruce Lee, the martial artist trailblazer and pop culture icon. ” The documentary is directed by Bao Nguyen, whose previous work includes 2015’s Live From New York! (a documentary on the history and impact of Saturday Night Live) and 2019’s We Gon’ Be Alright (a four-part miniseries on the social divide over race). ESPN released a trailer for the film Thursday:
Be Water screened at Sundance in January, and received several positive reviews at that time. Here are a couple excerpts, first from Dennis Harvey of Variety:
Some movie stars level a kind of divinity that transcends personal preference — woe betide the dissenter who openly finds Audrey Hepburn cloying, or Cary Grant less than charming. That Bruce Lee had long ascended to that level of iron-clad cool was underlined by the biggest popular quibble with “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” over the single scene when Mike Moh’s fictive Lee is portrayed as an arrogant, bullying jerk easily whupped by Brad Pitt’s stuntman Cliff. To many, this jokey bit wasn’t just mockery of a beloved dead celebrity — it was tantamount to blasphemy.
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