Naomi Osaka’s Documentary is an intimate look inside the life of one of the most gifted and complex athletes of her generation.
“Unhappy through all of it”
The series offers an insight into the tough decisions and ecstatic triumphs that shaped 23-year-old Naomi Osaka into a superstar.
The series is like any other documentary about celebrities nowadays. We begin with a high, watch them hit a low point and rise again. However, paying close attention to the narration would make you feel like Naomi in unhappy with anything and everything throughout the 110- minute docuseries which is really just a 110 minute movie divided into 3 episodes.
“To anyone that would know, they know me for being a tennis player,” she says. “So, like, what am I if I’m not a good tennis player,” she thinks to herself at one point.
The reactions to the Documentary so far has been a mixed bag.
Reviews ranged from inspirational to dull
On the positive side of things were writers from the Guardian, the Hollywood Reporter and CNN. Rebecca Nicholson of The Guardian lavished praise on the documentary, calling it a “a poignant, painful look at the life of the tennis wunderkind“.
On the other hand, Jude Dry from IndieWire mentioned that even the most ardent of Osaka fans would have a tough time preventing themselves from yawning while watching the series. “The series turns an endless loop of Osaka’s daily grind into quite a dull endeavor”.
Social Media, however was more supportive of the series, calling it ‘beautiful’ , ‘touching’ and ‘inspirational’
The documentary also contains some emotional scenes, like those showcasing her connection to Kobe Bryant and how she feels she let him down.
Osaka would be keen on how the reviews come out over the next few days after having taken time off tennis to focus on her mental health. She also admitted to being “terrified” ahead of the release. The 23-year-old even claimed that she couldn’t “fight the feeling of wondering how it will be received”.