Album Remarks & Appraisals:
"From the title shots to the end credits, Pelé: Birth of a Legend will make you smile. [...]The film's predictability is counterbalanced by a terrific score comprised of several styles of Latin music (by Slumdog Millionaire's A.R. Rahman), colorful production design (by Dominic Watkins), lots of special effects, and some memorable plays by the child actors who portray Pelé." (biography.com)
Pelé's meteoric rise from the slums of São Paulo to leading Brazil to its first World Cup victory at the age of 17 is chronicled in this biographical drama, Pelé. A name known around the world, a sports legend who changed soccer forever and a national hero who carried the hopes and dreams of a country on his back. But before he was an icon, he was a kid from the slums of São Paulo, Brazil, so poor that he couldn't afford a real soccer ball. A.R. Rahman is an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician, multi-instrumentalist and philanthropist. Rahman has been described as the world's most prominent and prolific film composer by Time Magazine. His works are notable for integrating Eastern classical music with electronic music sounds, world music and traditional orchestral arrangements.