Ronaldo

Ronaldo

Anthony Wonke (2015)

88min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Cristiano Ronaldo is a phenomenal footballer, but this frequently cringe-inducing profile by Anthony Wonke aims to make him seem like a demi-god. Though he has won silverware and broken records at Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United and Real Madrid, this air-brushed portrait views sporting action as an adornment and offers no concrete analysis of Ronaldo's talent, development or contribution to club and country. Indeed, Wonke and agent Jorge Mendes would have you believe that Ronaldo does it all by himself - there is never a sense of him being part of a team. Even as a father, he has to do it alone and wants the camera to capture the depth of his devotion. His relationships with his parents and brother Hugo are touched upon as well, but Wonke focuses more on Ronaldo's bond with Mendes, whose speech at a private dinner in his client's honour is excruciating. As much an exercise in showcasing conspicuous wealth as an insight into the man and his achievements, this is a vulgar vanity project that massively misses a unique opportunity.

Summary

An in-depth look at the life of Real Madrid and Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, from his childhood to the height of his footballing fame, including the six years he spent at Manchester United before his world-record transfer to Madrid. Including interviews with the man himself as well as the people who know him best.

Cast & Crew

Narrrator David Morrissey
Director Anthony Wonke

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: PicturehouseAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 6 Nov 2015
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