"Fighting with My Family": Nathan's Movie Review
Some sports films are used to promote the sport and have very little development or emotional connection with the characters. Fighting with My Family is not one of those films. It will touch hearts and inspire people whether they are wrestling fans or not.
The film follows Saraya Knight, beginning with her childhood and leading up to her debut as Paige in the WWE. As a kid, she and her brother Zak dreamed of being wrestlers. Having been born into a family who were head-over-heels in love with the sport, and even held family wrestling matches, it seemed like the kids had their futures set. But after Zak is denied in tryouts and Paige is advanced, strain splits the brother and sister apart, giving the film's title its double meaning.
I didn't know anything about Paige before seeing this film. I'm not personally a wrestling fan. In fact, the only reason I know so many people who got their start by wrestling is because they migrated to movies or television. But, I am a sucker for true stories, so here we are and, I have to say, this film was fantastic.
The film gave an inside look on what training for the WWE is like, although I'm sure there's a lot more to it than what was shown. You can only fit so much in a 105-minute film. Still, the lessons the film instilled about perseverance, love for family, and being true to yourself are all lessons that can be used in any walk of life. That's what makes this film so powerful. Even though it's a true story about a rising star, the morals extend beyond wrestling.
The acting was spectacular all-around. Nick Frost and Lena Headey may seem like an odd couple by name but they actually worked together splendidly. Florence Pugh's portrayal of Paige was outstanding and her chemistry with Jack Lowden made the brother-sister dynamic believable and relatable. Dwayne Johnson's role may have been small but he played the encouraging role model that Paige needed.
In conclusion, go see this film. It's family-friendly and full of humor and heart. Everyone will walk away getting something from the film and that is probably the most special aspect of all. I give the film a 4 out of 4.
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