Wayne Rooney’s enjoying profession is barely chilly within the floor and now we now have this official-version documentary profile. It might all be a bit untimely, as Rooney-the-manager appears to be like as if he will probably be simply as attention-grabbing as Rooney-the-player, if not (but) so stellar. However his current travails at Derby County are little doubt too current, and positively not triumphal sufficient, to make the grade in a movie designed to reboot the collective reminiscence banks and safe his standing as a footballing nice.
Regardless of his spectacular achievements – a boy marvel, main goalscorer for each Manchester United and the England nationwide workforce – Rooney was by no means precisely a glamorous determine, both on or off the pitch. This picture was bolstered by a collection of sleazy incidents that ensured he grew to become grubby tabloid fodder. There’s a robust factor of reputational rehabilitation right here, with prolonged sequences displaying Rooney participating in healthful household actions, meekly accepting criticism from his spouse Coleen, and interviews through which Rooney does his greatest to be frank. His pure defensiveness doesn’t assist, although – alongside together with his intensive deployment of the established footballers’ deflection strategy of speaking about themselves within the second and third particular person.
Nonetheless, Rooney isn’t shy of enlarging on his hardcase early teen years, and takes a public earbashing from Coleen over the tabloid escapades. (No point out of “Wagatha Christie”, although; little doubt that’s being saved for one more documentary.) In reality, Rooney’s need to reveal his soul could but get him into bother, after he quite rashly admits to intentionally getting down to damage an opponent in a key sport towards Chelsea – a comment in which the FA is taking an interest. The soccer, in fact, will get a bit misplaced amongst all this: his worldwide profession was considerably soured by the broader difficulties the England workforce skilled, and at membership degree, as he himself factors out, his achievements at Manchester United had been overshadowed by the treble-winners of 1999. Maybe that may stay Rooney’s lot, even whether it is clear his story is way from over.
Rooney is launched on 11 February on Amazon Prime Video