OJ: Made In America

Ezra Edelman’s 463-minute-long documentary about the American football player, actor and convicted criminal OJ Simpson is exhaustive, and perhaps also exhausting for those who caught the near-eight hour version in cinemas. I didn’t see it on the big screen, but it does seem to me to be well-suited to the TV format; the BBC’s version was split into three more manageable chunks, though even so two of those were over three hours long. Anyway, having only become aware of OJ’s existence when The Naked Gun first came out in the UK, I appreciated the overview of his sporting/celebrity career that kicks off this riveting serial, but it’s the detail applied to everything else that really makes OJ: Made In America worth your time: from the analysis of 20th century race relations in the US (and Los Angeles in particular) to the gruesome murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, the subsequent arrest and trial, and Simpson’s later 2008 conviction for kidnapping and armed robbery, among other offences. Essential documentary viewing. (****½)