‘Conor McGregor: Notorious’ is a documentary spanning the beginning of the titular athlete’s UFC career, up to his last fight. This documentary definitely has what we will call: ‘The McGregor Effect’. What I mean by this is that he calms you down. You struggle to feel anxious about anything when watching Conor, but you feel inspired and motivated at the same time.
‘The McGregor Effect’ is in full force in the moment before his bout with Jose Aldo. He looks totally relaxed and together when he is leaving the house, despite the effect that he is about to take on the pound-for-pound best. He is about to fight for a world title against the man that dominated that division for ten years. He looks completely composed, at ease even. It puts your troubles into perspective and makes you feel like nothing should be able to concern you.
You get to see a different side to Conor in this documentary. You hear stories from people in the MMA world that his off-screen demeanour is very different to his on-screen persona. This is clear to see, he still has that bravado but there are moments of sensitivity.
There are moments where there is a mischievousness to Conor. He is really funny and clever in a way that you don’t get to see in press conferences. In the final moments, we see him training, shortly after the brutal rematch with Nate Diaz. He is putting in work with a lot of intensity but when the round is done, he turns around, puts his crutch under his arm and limps out. It is a moment similar to Willy Wonka’s fake fall into a forward roll.
This documentary has that re-watchable feel that the best all possess. You feel like you are hanging out with Conor and the members of his team that we have come to know through him. This is going to be a film that I will re-watch all the time.
Overall, this is a great watch. However, I would have liked to see a bit more build-up to the Diaz rematch. This is the climax of the movie but it seems to meander along to that point.