Aired on Netflix in April 2020, The Last Dance is a sports documentary directed by Jason Hehir that charts the quest of the 1997 Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan, to win a sixth NBA title in eight years. Named the “The Last Dance” by coach Phil Jackson, this was also the last ever time that the world would see the greatest player of all time, alongside his extraordinary teammates (including Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, and Steve Kerr), in full flight.
The most I know about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls is that Michael Jordan was in Space Jam. And that really is it. But I let the husband make me watch something for a change and, even though I don’t know a single thing about basketball, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed being educated.
With a blend of archival footage and present-day interviews, the comprehensive documentary tells a fascinating story, and it tells it well. Giving a behind-the-scenes look into the careers of the Chicago Bulls’ renowned players, The Last Dance is entertaining but also brilliantly insightful, reminding viewers exactly why Michael Jordan is a legend.
And a legend he certainly is! I’ve really enjoyed learning about what a significant a player he was, but also about the importance of the support around him. Sports rarely interest me, but consider me impressed.