Monday, June 19, 2023

Ariela Rubin on OPEN HEART (2023) Tribeca 2023

Open Heart is a documentary about New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist played for the Rangers for 15 years until his contract ended in 2020. He soon signed a one year deal with the Washington Capitals. However, during the physical that took place before the season, he was found to have a heart condition, which required open heart surgery, which ultimately led him to have to retire from hockey.

The documentary goes through his health journey, following him to doctors appointments, has interviews with his mom, brother, health coach and other hockey players and has a good amount of footage of his time with the Rangers.

The film shows his love for hockey as a kid playing with his brother and then jumps to his time with the Rangers. One thing I wished the film did was show more of his journey as to what actually led him to become a pro hockey player. 

Open Heart is a pretty basic documentary.  It’s an easy quick view running at 75 minutes. It did feel a little slow despite the relatively short runtime. 

As a very recent hockey fan, the film didn’t move me the way it might move long time fans of his (the woman sitting next to me was tearing up), but I did enjoy watching and learning about Henrik‘s journey. 

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