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I May Destroy You
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Born in 1982 and would see parts of the movie on TV as a kid. Even as a kid, I knew it was a famous movie but of course didn't quite "understand" what was going on. Fast forward 2020 and I would remember certain scenes. I looked up some clips that I remembered as a kid on YouTube and wanted more context. Keep in mind, I lost interest in movies in general about 15 years ago and have a hard time setting aside time to watch a movie. So I found a full version and watched it through non stop and was pretty impressed that it had many themes and some dark scenes. I always judge a good work when you feel an emotion toward characters and story. Of course all of the characters are exaggerated, but it's a good technique to define them and their role in the big scope of the story. Many themes are still relevant, soundtrack was good even though I don't care for disco music unless it's the Beegees. I can see why this movie was as popular as it was and watching it 43 after it was released, it's well deserved.
As a competitive armwrestler, I felt obligated to watch this because the only other armwrestling movie is of course "Over the Top". I went into the movie not expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised that it had a decent plot and didn't go too deep into the technical part of the sport. The director did a very good balance of scratching the surface of the sport, but didn't draw it out too much that the average person wouldn't lose interest. In all honesty, I thought the plot was better than Stalones movie. Is it a ground breaking story? No. It does remind me of Van Damme's "Lion Heart", but has its own twists and Comedic scenes to boot. Real life armwrestlers need to overlook the technical part of the scenes and remember they are actors. The movie is meant to give some spotlight to the sport and remind the world that Armwrestling is still alive and an actual sport. If youre an Armwrestler, you MUST watch and spread the word. The sport needs to grow, and this movie will only help it.