Tuesday, September 21, 2010

ESPN 30 for 30: Unmatched

Sharon, Jack and I watched Unmatched. This is the twenty-first installment of ESPN's 30 for 30 film series. The documentary looks at the relationship between Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova.

For 12 consecutive years, from 1975 to 1986, either Chris Evert or Martina Navratilova finished the season ranked number one in the world. Evert and Navratilova met on the tennis court 80 times over the course of 16 years.

The film is done entirely as a dialogue between Evert and Navratilova. Most of the time they are talking directly to each other. Occasionally, they are shown alone taking about the other person. There is no voice over or interviewer. The film includes lots of still photos and footage from their lives and careers.

Chris and Martina appear to geniunely like each other. They also appear to be likeable people.

While not one of my top five from the 30 for 30 series, it is a solid film told in an unique style.  Sharon really liked it.

The film is available from Amazon.

Unmatched is also available on iTunes.

Bill Simmons did a podcast with Hannah Storm who served as the co-producer of the film. The podcast spends the first third talking about the film and then branches off to talk about Hannah's career and raising kids.

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