Monday, April 30, 2012

The Announcement

Throughout his professional playing career with the Lakers, Magic Johnson was the toast of L.A.: 5 NBA Championships, 3 MVP Awards, 12 All-Star Game Appearances, in addition to a winning personality to match his supreme talents on the court. However, in November of 1991, Magic shook the world when he announced that he had contracted the HIV virus, retired soon there after, and became the face of a disease that affects over 33 million people worldwide. "The Announcement", a recent entry in the ESPN film series, is a personal and moving account told directly by Magic himself. With highlights from his career followed by some brutal truths and coverage of his new found activism, this sports documentary never ceases to be both engaging and informative, with Johnson's brimming disposition shining through the entire time.