FILM REVIEW | PELE

Everyone knows the name, Pelé, the icon of Brazilian world football. He's scored over 1000 goals in the sport that he loves, a record that will stand the test of time. This is a full look at the man himself, the era he went through, not only what he dealt with on field but off too.





Written by Elliot Lines

The documentary as a whole touches on the early life on Pelé, but mostly starts when he broke onto the scene as a young 17 year old making his appearance on the big stage at the 1958 World Cup, a young star setting the world alight. Where the football parts of his life are clearly the most memorable, you get to see the most of his career, the memorable moments that we've all seen many a time. These are moments to treasure, to see a true talent of his day showing off what he does best.


But this documentary diverges into more than just the football side of him. There is so much going on behind the scenes during his career, and for such an icon of the Country, it was only inevitable that he would get caught in it all. The documentary shows the political developments within the country and how the dictatorship started affecting all the people in the country. Pelé didn't want a part of this, he wanted to concentrate on his football, the only thing he loves.


At times this could be a harrowing watch, but when throws you into this legends footballing world. For any fan of the game who also like the deeper dive into the world surrounding this man, this is a must watch.


Coming to Netflix February 22, 2021.