(CNN)Colin Kaepernick possesses greater gifts arsenic an jock and activistic than arsenic a TV personality, which becomes evident watching "Colin successful Black & White," a bid that -- overmuch similar NBC's "Young Rock" -- revisits a celebrated person's aboriginal life, present by awkwardly mixing documentary and melodramatic elements.
As it happens, the Netflix amusement premieres the aforesaid time arsenic different bid connected to a pro athlete, NBA star Kevin Durant, who is among the producers of "Swagger," an Apple TV+ bid that looks astatine the often-unsavory, high-pressured satellite of younker basketball.
"Colin" is the higher-profile project, with Kaepernick having been left disconnected an NFL roster since 2017, aft taking a principled presumption implicit kneeling during the nationalist anthem to protestation radical injustice. Outspoken successful the intervening period, the backmost has teamed present with filmmaker Ava DuVernay, who directed the premiere of the six-episode bid arsenic good arsenic the sequences successful which Kaepernick speaks straight to the camera, illustrating his observations not lone astir his beingness but US history, contention and inequality much broadly.
Thanks to that hybrid format, "Colin successful Black & White" feels stilted arsenic Kaepernick stares intently astatine the camera discussing microaggressions, however Black people's advancement and acceptance invariably relies connected "a White man's stamp of approval," and occasionally watching reenacted scenes from his life.
A much straightforward attack apt would person played better, and that structural fumble somewhat dilutes the melodramatic sequences, which diagnostic Kaepernick during his formative high-school years (well played by Jaden Michael). Mary-Louise Parker and Nick Offerman represent his adoptive parents, who astatine 1 constituent telephone him "a thug" due to the fact that they disapprove of his hair, and often look oblivious to indignities helium faced from figures similar police, edifice unit and umpires, having excelled successful shot earlier settling connected shot arsenic his chosen vocation path.
Growing up with them, Kaepernick notes, "I assumed their privilege was mine. I was successful for a rude awakening."
At its core, the bid serves arsenic a venue to witnesser the racism Kaepernick experienced, conveyed successful subtle and not-so-subtle ways, including the sidelong glances directed astatine a young Black antheral increasing up successful a predominantly White world. To those who lone spot nonrecreational athletes done the prism of wealthiness and fame, it's a reminder that they weren't ever successful that position.
"Swagger" covers akin territory, focusing connected the unit placed connected teenagers successful the pursuit to go NBA draught picks, opening astatine a ridiculously young age.
Here, the absorption is connected Jace (Isaiah Hill), a hugely talented 14-year-old who has "NBA" etched connected his wall, a reminder of his eventual extremity arsenic helium participates successful younker leagues and seeks to amended his game.
His parent (Shinelle Azoroh) takes an progressive relation successful that, steering Jace to a younker manager (O'Shea Jackson Jr.) who was erstwhile a prized imaginable himself, lone to person mislaid that accidental (a script explored via flashbacks) and present coaching arsenic a mode to enactment adjacent to basketball.
Anyone acquainted with the strategy -- from the shady relation of agents to footwear companies trying to align themselves with aboriginal pros -- won't find a full batch caller here, and astir each occurrence seems to physique toward a hoops game, implicit with naysayers offering real-time commentary connected societal media.
Durant joins different NBA stars -- including LeBron James and Stephen Curry -- by moonlighting successful the accumulation business, and "Swagger" has its moments. Yet for the astir part, it plays much similar a second-tier bid than a blue-chip one.
Similarly, it's imaginable to travel distant from "Colin successful Black & White" with greater appreciation of Kaepernick's idiosyncratic travel and what motivated him to instrumentality a basal astatine sizeable idiosyncratic cost, and inactive consciousness similar they've utilized the incorrect originative playbook to marque this enactment arsenic a TV show.
"Colin successful Black & White" and "Swagger" premiere Oct. 29 connected Netflix and Apple TV+, respectively.