New to DVD/VOD this week:
Vegas Golden Knights game (Las Vegas, November 2019)
Las Vegas’ first professional hockey team unites the city in the wake of the worst mass shooting in American history.
The Golden Knights debuted in 2017 as an NHL expansion team, the brainchild of owner Bill Foley, a successful businessman. Despite having notable players like Stanley Cup winner Mac-Andre Fleury in its roster, expectations were low for the team, with skepticism about the support hockey might be able to engender in a one-industry town like Las Vegas. Then, on October 1, just days before the Knights’ debut game in Dallas, Las Vegas became the site of the deadliest mass shooting in the US, when a gunman targeted concert attendees on the Las Vegas Strip, killing 58 and wounding or injuring nearly 900 others. On October 10, the Golden Knights had their inaugural home game, honoring the victims in their pregame show, and winning the game, providing the city with a hopeful focus after the tragedy. They continued a winning streak unprecedented for a new team, ultimately making it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. Director Cruz Angeles tells their unlikely underdog story in an overly slick manner, with an over the top score and unearned sense of gravitas, but likely will find appreciative viewers even outside of the core hockey fanbase.