Parents' Guide to

The Kings

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Rich, insightful docu is a treat for boxing fans.

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The thought-provoking series offers an in-depth look at how four boxing legends ushered in what is referred to as the "Golden Age" of boxing. Mohammed Ali's decline in the ring at the end of the 1970s is treated as a metaphor for the weakened position of the U.S. at the time, thanks to an economic recession and geopolitical Cold War challenges. In turn, the stories of how "Sugar" Ray Leonard, Roberto Durán, Thomas Hearns, and Marvin Hagler reinvigorated the sport are presented within the context of the country's efforts to move into a new era. It also highlights some of the conflicts they faced outside of the ring.

These narratives often make the documentary feel more like a docudrama. But however you choose to categorize it, The Kings a real treat for boxing fans. The narratives about each athlete's journey into the ring are a rich combination of facts and anecdotes from people associated with the sport. Meanwhile, the featured clips from historic bouts and personality-revealing press interviews add to the entertainment. If you are an enthusiast of the sport, you will appreciate this biographical series and everything it has to offer.

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