From the title of this movie, you would never guess that it’s a true story about wrestling. It is based on a 2012 documentary about a family from the UK who wrestle.
Like most sports movies, it proves that hard work pays off. The movie also celebrates females in sport and the overall results are tremendous.
Saraya “Paige” Knight (Florence Pugh) has been wrestling with her family, including her brother Zak (Jack Lowden) since she was a child.
The family’s dream is to become part of WWE (formerly known as WWF), and Paige ends up beating her brother to a highly competitive spot training in Florida with WWE. The time is crucial for Zak as he’s expecting his first baby and he initially doesn’t take his sister’s success too well. Zak also trains a group of youth (including a blind boy) and the local wrestling supporters look up to him and respect him.
Paige is not without her challenges too though, including extreme fitness training, working with and trusting others in the sport and finding her own voice away from her family. At the same time, her parents support her all the way.
Even if you don’t have an interest in wrestling or watch wrestling on TV, this movie will hook you into the story and you will gather an understanding of wrestling culture. You may even gain a new appreciation of the sport.
The movie is full of British humour and drama with an excellent cast.
Vince Vaughan plays a more serious role than his usual comedy style as Paige’s coach in Florida, Hutch Morgan and he trains the newbies hard.
Dwayne Johnson (The Rock), plays himself and the movie highlights how inspirational he really is as he also came from a family of wrestlers and is now one of the most popular and well liked Hollywood actors.
Stars Florence Pugh, Jack Lowden, Nick Frost, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughan and Dwayne Johnson.
Review by Bronwen Hartas
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