‘Untold: Caitlyn Jenner’ Review: Honoring the Athlete

Caitlyn Jenner is finest generally known as a tabloid movie star and member of the family of the Kardashian clan who publicly transitioned as a transgender girl. But “Untold: Caitlyn Jenner” — an episode of the new Netflix documentary sequence “Untold” that highlights underappreciated tales from sports activities — illuminates the occasions that introduced Jenner her first style of worldwide recognition; specifically, her gold medal win as a decathlon athlete in the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

Jenner narrates her personal story, describing an intense coaching routine that included grueling practices every single day for 4 years. The director Crystal Moselle (“The Wolfpack,” “Skate Kitchen”) helps Jenner’s recollections with archival footage, culled from residence movies, follow footage and clips from the Olympics broadcast. The mixture of latest footage and the present-day inner monologue creates a sports-broadcasting dream of types: permitting the viewers to listen to the athlete’s ideas at the moments Jenner executes seemingly inconceivable leaps, races, vaults and throws.

But if the sports activities footage is wealthy with element, the therapy of the purportedly untold portion of this story is thinner. The documentary reveals that the biggest athlete in the world — as decathlon winners are sometimes known as — was a transgender girl. Yet Jenner’s perspective on her previous suggests a novel alienation. She speaks about how she “built this Bruce character,” as she places it, and he or she attributes her successes to this invention. She acknowledges that she used sports activities to keep away from coming to phrases together with her gender identification, however she stays happy with what her creation achieved. It’s an intriguing perspective that sadly receives little follow-up or elaboration, leaving the movie flat-footed when it steps away from the observe.

Untold: Caitlyn Jenner
Not rated. Running time: 1 hour 9 minutes. Watch on Netflix.