What “I Am Paul Walker” doesn’t broach, with its adoring tone and lack of third-party experts, are any of the contradictions within its presentation, starting with Walker’s dedication to be a present father to his daughter, who had moved from Hawaii to live with him (after growing up with her mother) and was just 15 years old at the time of his death.
It would be nice to hear someone who isn’t part of Walker’s family — biological or extended — at least address the obvious risks that he continued to undertake, in anything other than a wholly laudatory way or as evidence of his commitment to live life to the fullest.
The goal, inherent in the “I Am” title, is to provide a high degree of intimacy — something that the Ledger film achieved by drawing heavily upon home movies that the actor shot.
Then again, going back to James Dean and Marilyn Monroe there has always been an intense fascination with movie stars who die young, freezing their screen personas in amber. To that extent, this documentary franchise feeds that appetite, albeit in a fashion that doesn’t bring much depth to those frozen-in-time images.
“I Am Paul Walker” premieres Aug. 11 at 9 p.m. on Paramount Network.