Director Jane Preston rightly puts the football first, but there is so little mention of the demons that hounded his career and what is mentioned is simplistically put down to 'bad luck' or press intrusion. There is also a curious choice of talking heads, two of which seem to only be there for their status within the game. Aside from Gascoigne and Lineker, the only other contributors are Wayne Rooney (a young child for most of Gazza's playing career) and Jose Mourinho, who shares very little with the player other than a friendship with late England manager Sir Bobby Robson. If the intention of Gascoigne is to depict events from the man's own perspective, then it is understandable that the unfavourable moments of his life are glossed over somewhat. Nevertheless, as fascinating as much of the film will be for football fanatics, it ends with the sense that this is only half the story.
James Luxford | @JLFilm