When this movie first starts, you wonder why the filmmaker, James Toback, keeps looping the Mike’s interview and putting him in little boxes and showing Iron Mike walking along the beach.  It’s because you’re litterally going to be sitting in Mike’s living room for the next 90 minutes are so.  Sounds kinda boring, but its fascinating.

Mike Tyson has had this sort of whirlwind life and when you see it through his eyes, you wonder if you could’ve dealth with it any better.  This is a side of the champ you’ve never seen.  Mike talking about how he was afraid to get beat up in school.  Can you imagine?  Mike Tyson, afraid of getting hit?

Some highlights include, Mike crying (yes, crying) when talking about his late first trainer.  It clearly traumatized him for life.  Another is when he talks about Don King and how angry he is at him.  I never knew he finally beat him up.  (How did King survive that?)
Also, you get a different perspective from the ear biting incident.  Doesn’t really save Mike’s rep, but there are some mitigating circumstances there.  Hollyfield was headbutting him in the face the entire fight.

It’s amazing to see him go from the streets of Brooklyn, to a world-renown figure worth millions, back to a guy just fighting to make a buck.  You wonder if he, even now, understands it all.  But clearly, Tyson has grown.  And while the documentary is from Tyson’s perspective and gives a pretty glowing view of him, it feels pretty genuine.

I give it 7 keggers out of 10.  Worth seeing.