Saturday 17 November 2018

Film about Dennis Rodman's bizarre visit to North Korea, narrated by Matt Cooper, gets rave review from Variety

Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong un in Big Bang in Pyongyang
Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong un in Big Bang in Pyongyang

Paul Healy

The Matt Cooper-narrated film about basketball star Dennis Rodman's bizarre visit to North Korea has received a rave review by movie industry bible Variety.

Dennis Rodman's Big Bang in Pyongyang, which features the radio presenter, received its world premiere last night at the prestigious Slamdance Film Festival in Utah.

Variety called the new movie "a deftly constructed, consistently engrossing and frequently flat-out-hilarious account of a controversial sporting event with geopolitical implications".

Today FM host Cooper travelled to Pyongyang last January, to attend a basketball game in celebration of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (right) and his birthday.

The Cork-born presenter narrates the movie, which sees the famous basketball player meet, greet and befriend the dictator.

Cooper was among 14,000 spectators to watch the game between a selection of ex-NBA stars and the North Korean national team.

He previously told the Herald that he had been overwhelmed by the attention the trip has garnered across the globe.

Variety complimented Cooper's narrating style, saying he "demonstrates an impressive ability to turn on a dime from whimsy to seriousness throughout".

In the documentary Cooper calls the meeting between the North Korean leader and Dennis Rodman a "a strange sight", as the two were "laughing and joking like a couple of old college buddies".

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