There are talent spotters in any sport club in America, whose job is to travel abroad and find champion talent for that sport. These talent spotters are often former players who have a great understanding of the game and recognize the talents of exceptional players. Talent spotters try to identify these players at an early age, so that they are signed and included in the club, then their game is polished and they are given a place in the team. Due to their exceptional talent, these players, with the right training, good food and right care, keep up their game and achieve success very quickly. Talent spotters are needed in India but they do not have any special respect. Basketball is popular in America and many films have been made on it. Space Jam, The Basketball Diaries, Finding Forester, Glory Road and Coach Carter have all been successful. In this episode, recently a simple film Hustle was released on Netflix. The story of the film is like a traditional sports film, but it is a lot of fun to watch as most of the actors connect with the audience.
Adam Sandler has previously worked in many sports films like The Waterboy, The Longest Yard, Uncut Gems and every time his role has been liked. This time his role in Hustle has been written very well. In the film, Adam plays Stanley Sugarman, a former basketball player who is unable to play basketball because of an accident, so he becomes a talent spotting agent to run a home run for the Philadelphia 76ers, a premier club of the National Basketball Association. After the passing of club owner Rex Merrick (Robert Duvall), his son Vince Merrick (Ben Foster) does not like Stanley’s work much. Stanley travels far and wide to find new players for the club and ends up in Spain, where he takes a liking to the game of an unknown player, Bo Cruz (Juancho). Stanley brings him to Philadelphia with him to sign him for the club. Vince doesn’t like Bo Cruz’s game. Stanley considers this an insult, leaving his job at the Philadelphia club and getting Bo to get professional training to make him a better player. Even after going through a lot of difficulties, Bo does not get any chance because Bo is unable to control his anger. Bo’s family returns to Spain from America, just as Bo leaves to board the flight. Stanley is asked by his friend to bring Bo. Stanley and Bo barely make it to the basketball court, where once again Bo captivates the selectors with his art and talent.
There is a scene about 10 minutes long in Hustle, in which Stanley trains Bow to make him a professional basketball player. This scene is the life of the whole film. Bo Cruz has done a wonderful job in this training video. When Bo comes to America, he does nothing but eat hotel food and watch pornography. He relies only on his talent for his game, but Stanley being a professional player, he knows that talent alone is not enough. He makes Bow work hard, gets him stamina boosting exercises, teaches trick play, makes him practice with the best players. Only this 10-minute scene made it clear that talent has its own importance, then discipline has its own and until the balance of both is not established, nothing can happen. Adam Sandler’s work is great. In some emotional scenes, he acts with his eyes. Queen Latifah is also very sweet in the role of his wife. She is fully aware of her husband’s passion for basketball, but she is also practical, so she takes the responsibility of running the household on herself. Despite the dedication, the surrender of love never allows the scenes to become over-emotional. Juancho has also acted step by step with Adam. The 6 feet 9 inches tall actor has made ease as his weapon. He himself plays basketball very well but in this film he has dared to show his game while improving. Saw Robert Duval after a long time. Even at the age of 91, Robert’s personality and his acting in the role impress the audience.
Will Fatters and Tyler Mattern have written the screenplay of the film. Will has also written beautiful films like ‘A Star Is Born’ before this, while this is Tyler’s first film. As in every sports drama film, everything is decided, the ending of the story is also decided and sometimes even the scenes seem like new imitations, in such a situation only the best writing can save you from boredom . The same thing happened in Hustle. Due to the producer of the film, International Basketball Star LeBron James, many basketball players worked in the film so that the reality could be seen in the scenes. The film should be viewed purely from the point of view of entertainment. In English films, abuses come for free, but if a film is made without them, then the whole family can sit together and watch.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : June 17, 2022, 12:57 IST