Toggling between time frames, the earnest documentary “Stephen Curry: Underrated” portrays Stephen Curry, the Golden State Warrior routinely described because the greatest shooter in the history of the N.B.A., as an underdog throughout at the least two essential factors in his profession.
It tells the story of Curry the highschool and faculty athlete who was, initially and repeatedly, seen as too brief and too scrawny — however who went on to take Davidson School, a liberal arts college in North Carolina, to 25 consecutive wins in 2008. It additionally trails Curry at the beginning of this decade: The film begins in December 2021, when Curry broke Ray Allen’s career record for 3-pointers, after which follows him by a interval of relative doldrums when commentators are heard speculating about whether or not he’s nonetheless on the prime of his recreation. (He went on to be named the 2022 N.B.A. finals M.V.P. after Golden State, the Bay Space’s workforce, received its fourth championship in eight years.)
Off the court docket, Curry is proven elevating a household and dealing to finish his unfinished diploma at Davidson. His faculty profession is recapped intimately, along with his undergraduate years depicted as a string of second possibilities and triumphs by perseverance. One interviewee notes that when Curry started taking part in, Davidson video games weren’t typically broadcast. Seeing these early highlights is a part of the film’s enchantment.
The director, Peter Nicks, beforehand specialised in fly-on-the-wall portraits of Bay Space establishments (the Oakland police documentary “The Power”). However there’s little in “Underrated” that comes throughout as spontaneous. Which may be as a result of Nicks didn’t uncover a lot that feels contemporary. Or it might be that the mission, like Curry right now, doesn’t have something to show.
Stephen Curry: Underrated
Rated PG-13 for language. Working time: 1 hour 50 minutes. Watch on Apple TV+.