Previously in this space, I have reviewed various championship films that chronicle the NBA season through the eyes of the team that won its biggest prize. I have seen every one that has been made since 1980 and this year would be no exception.
The film opens with a flashback of the heartbreak of the 2016 Finals and what it meant to various members of the team. Then there is a long segment about the acquisition of Kevin Durant, and rightly so, as the KD signing was one of the biggest moments in recent NBA history. As the film progresses through the regular season, we get mentions of tough losses on opening night to San Antonio and Christmas Day in Cleveland. The film shows the team rolling then dealing with KD’s knee injury, then rolling again. The regular season part of this film is actually longer than usual, which I enjoyed.
I have lamented the fact that sometimes these films will quickly gloss over the playoffs in order to get to the Finals, even in years where the conference playoff run was more compelling than the Finals run. This was again the case this year, although it is understandable given the fact that the Warriors went 12-0 in reaching the Finals. The playoff segment only ended up being seven minutes long, and failed to even mention Kawhi Leonard’s injury in game 1, which I found odd.
The Finals portion of the film took up over half of the running time. Obviously, only game 3 was really dramatic so the segment focused on that game the most. There was also some cool behind the scenes footage of Steve Kerr and how the staff handled his absence and subsequent return. The scenes of game 5 were a reminder of how dominant LeBron James was at times and how great the Warriors had to play to beat him. The postgame footage from the locker room was quality and the film finished with a nice touch by highlighting Draymond Green and Bob Meyers for their defensive player and executive of the year awards, respectively.
The bonus features contain the on court celebrations after winning the title, various top 10’s and player profiles. Overall, the run time (including bonus features) is about 110 minutes. There is some really good stuff here, but ultimately this isn’t a must have for non-Warriors fans.