One hour and a half of nothing
Highly Overrated But Still Good
The storyline feels a little thin and moth-eaten in parts but this sequel is plenty of fun.
It is neither dumb nor smart enough to be fun, and spends way too much time with its boring human characters.
Andre the Giant is a documentary co-produced by WWE. So a chunk of the documentary is spent on how Vince McMahon sr & jr built up their wrestling empire from the north eastern territory to a national wrestling organisation, gobbling up smaller rivals and joining up with the emerging cable television stations. Andre Roussimoff takes a back seat in his own film.Andre was a normal child in a French village, he played football and rugby. It was only at the age of 15 he started to grow and grow. Later in his life it was discovered that he suffered from a disorder called acromegaly, which caused his gigantism. I know these were the days without the internet and Google. It does make you wonder that all those medics in wrestling and no one figured why this 7 foot plus person was still growing?However you get to hear more of Andre Roussimoff, from fellow wrestlers, his friends and more importantly his family that includes his daughter who he did not see often. Andre was a gentle man who could never run away from his size. A legendary drinker, actor Cary Elwes mentions it was to dull the pain in his joints. By the end of his career, he was in immense pain caused by his size.Andre the Giant is a look at a figure who bridged the gap when US wrestling moved to a new era but it feels superficial when you have scenes of Hulk Hogan in Rocky III.
Towards the end of this film, someone compares Andre to Davy Crockett - as much myth as man. It is an apt comparison, and it makes a film like this pretty tough to make. You could tell every mythic Andre legend and skip the humanity...you could focus only on the humanity and miss the legend. This doc resides right at the intersection, and it succeeds for that reason. They capture what made Andre Andre while resisting the urge to tell every single story for 5 hours. As a child of the 80s, simply revisiting the first few Wrestlemanias and The Princess Bride was a blast. It is entertaining, and - just as importantly - it is human. Also, it is captivating.
A look at the life and career of professional wrestler André Roussimoff, who gained notoriety in the 1980s as Andre the Giant. Andre the Giant was a gigantic phenomenon and this HBO Documentary shows his life with respect and love towards this kind man with interviews from Hollywood Legend Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hall of Famers Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair to even Princess Bride Co-Stars Robin Wright, Cary Elwes and Billy Crystal and of course friends and family. This was an incredible story that by the end had me in tears and even people who aren't into WWF or WWE can enjoy i know i did it. (10/10)
The Man, The Myth, The Legend and also The Friend, The Sensitive Man, The Human Being. This film is a wonderful and sometimes saddening journey in the life of Andre The Giant, learning about who he was as a human being as well as a legend, and how those things conflicted. The film also takes us through the history of professional wrestling, but I'll talk about that in the second paragraph. This film so beautifully portrayed this complex man, a legend who captivated the country, and a man cursed with health problems and a sensitive soul. The film takes a look at how Andre had to live in this small world, chairs and eating utensils were like childrens toys to him, how 14 hour flights with bathrooms he didn't fit in. He was a sensitive man who felt bad when people stared and made fun of him, the film is moving in its portrayal of Andre as a human being, and I really commend them for that.So not only does it tell the story of Andre, it also tells the story of professional wrestling as an industry and how Andre shaped it. It tells the story of how wrestling began on a regional level and how Andre conquered the regional tours and captured the hearts of fans everywhere. It tells how the New England region overtook the entire nation, and how that launched Andre to a national name. The film also discusses how Andre shaped Hulk Hogan, not only giving inspiration to Hulk, but also mentoring him and endorsing him, and eventually passing the torch to a new era in wrestling history. The film is very emotional towards the end when Andre deteriorates, I gotta be hones, I got a little choked up. It was a truly great documentary that cannot be missed, even by people who are not into sports or wrestling.