In the history of movies there have been a handful of celebrities that can actually be considered icons. Marilyn Monroe. James Dean. Marlon Brando. But when you factor in who is cool, James Dean might have some competition from one of the most genuine male movie stars to ever grace the silver screen. Steve McQueen.
I Am Steve McQueen is a new documentary chronicling the life and career of the “King of Cool”. McQueen was one of those rare actors who appealed to both sexes equally and was completely unapologetic in his lifestyle and philosophy to live for himself and challenge authority. He went from a small town rebel to one of the highest paid and most sought after actors of his generation. This documentary, narrated by Robert Downey Jr., utilizes new interviews with family and friends such as Gary Oldman, Pierce Brosnan, Ali McGraw, Robert Vaughn, Zoe Bell and more as well as extensive original interviews with McQueen himself to create a definitive portrait of one of the most iconic actors of all time.
For fans of McQueen, or really just for fans of movies in general, I Am Steve McQueen is just fantastic. Running a brisk 93 minutes, this doc is fast, interesting and thoroughly engaging. It really gives a great look inside the life of an icon, not only spending time on how he got there, what movies he made and his personal life, but also on the effect he had on today’s generation and his overall contribution to the industry and history of film. He was a remarkable man who did not let Hollywood tell him who to be and he pursued all his passions with an unstoppable drive. The film also features great highlights from Steve McQueen’s filmography as well as personal footage and racing footage. A rare glimpse into the life of a legend. I Am Steve McQueen is highly recommended.