Overall Rating: 5/5
July 29, 2016
Dir. Clay Tweel
Rated R (for language)
The documentary Gleason offers an extremely intimate and personal exploration of the lives of the Saints’ defensive back, Steve Gleason, and his family after he is diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease or ALS.
Gleason is an immensely powerful film and does not hold back from showing the private details of Gleason’s life. The subjects were not afraid to just be themselves, and the film-makers similarly weren’t afraid to focus on their personality flaws and imperfections. They also show a very detailed progression of the disease, which is very difficult to watch and something that the viewer should probably be aware of going into this film. That being said, I think that for those unaware of the way this disease works, Gleason is an excellent demonstration of its particularly heart-breaking and devastating nature.
One of the best and most affecting documentaries that I’ve seen in a long time, Gleason is definitely worth your while.