-Nymphomaniac Vol 1
One word: Wow!
First off I know nothing about arm wrestling. Except that it involves arms and you need techniques to get by. Now that we got that out the way, all I know is that arm wrestling is exciting! How exciting? Let’s just say I wasn’t expecting this sport documentary to have my adrenaline boost to edgy nervousness within the first 5 minutes of the film. I also wasn’t expecting to fall hopelessly in love with the subject at hand and the three amazing guys they follow on the journey. Nor did I know that at least 120 countries actually compete in arm wrestling.
On the flip side I had no idea how arm wrestling isn’t necessarily all about brute and muscle strength. Or about being the bigger size person, say Thor. Or arm density. Or arm mass. Or large tendons. Or hand grip. Or hand size. Or reaction time. Or wrist endurance. Or even good referees. Better yet going through a tournament, taking on many different competitors until you’re finally the one on top within the same day (I’m uncertain on how many hours?) is downright ludicrous. Imagine the arm/mental/stamina and physical strength that takes. I’m sinking in my panties just thinking about it.
You meet John Brzenk, the main character. He doesn’t appear superhuman, not by his size, not by the calm collected look in his eyes. But by the twenty-five years of his arm wrestling career. Let’s just say, well, it speaks for itself: Unbeatable. Now is he to relish in a stellar streak forever as he questions his age and retirement to the sport itself? Or will the hot-headed powerhouse American Travis Bagent or the muscular beast with good morals from Russia (who’s very good-looking) Alexey Voevoda snatch John Brzenk’s title?
You’re just going to have to find out. On a final note however, the other other best thing about this film is just how easy it flows with it’s storytelling, how every champion is introduced from family to the arm wrestling sport itself, to a hint of their training and so on. John, Travis and Alexey bring different qualities and traits to the film itself. Ultimately Pulling John lures you (I know it did me) in and keeps you at suspense right to the very end.
Watch this film if you like good documentaries or good movies. If you’re into the Training or Fitness Life. If you need motivation and extra inspiration to take you to new heights mentally, spiritually or physically. If you like to look at strong people tackle other strong people. If you like your blood boiling. If you’re a fan of any sport. If you like fun and refreshing topics. If you get excited over competitions. Than watch this! Otherwise skip this movie if you’re a punk ass bitch and have shitty taste in movies anyway. 😉
I’m so moved by Pulling John that I want to learn about arm wrestling and perhaps even train for it.
I’m still not sure why I love this lovely film so much! The first time I ever saw it, I only saw parts of the film. But that first time I simply fell in hell over heels in love with it. I’m convinced I have a habit of falling in love with things spot on like how I do with (either) listening to a song or seeing a good film the first time around. This is evidently how this movie went. So watching it tonight for the second real time.. and, well, I’m still in love with it. 😉 Now to try and explain the reasons why I fancy it much. Warming: There may be some spoilers.
I think what I love the most about this movie is the casting. Well, the casting of the two main characters: Andie and Gerard. I love the chemistry between the two. Either they’re good actors. Or someone thought this actor and actress would both convey what the director wanted on screen. I believe these two actors had great genuine features, great instincts and elements to bring on in. I could be looking too much into it? Could just be me?
What attracts me to this film is like what attracts most people’s curiosity about life and human behavior, which is: How opposites attract. Two people who put themselves in a circumstance both for their own conveniences of life must find a way to co-exist through flailing tempers of dreadful differences. I like tension. It’s brilliant. And I also like when destruction just so happens to be better once it rebuilds again.
Other things I like about the movie:
The beginning, the opening scene of a young teenager who’s playing a plastic drum on the Subway. He kills it with his talent! I love looking at how they captured New York City in the more olden days (80’s-90’s). How Gerard plays the piano for an upscale dinner party with Andie. What’s lovely about it was how he recited a poem, to which Andie’s mother’s best friend translated it into English and touched the hearts of everyone in the room. In particularly, Andie. I also like how in one instance they portrayed sexual tension between the two. Something I don’t think many directors cannot do subtly.
A little more..
I like how Andie’s character is an environmentalist. Her love for plants, how she “loves them more than (some) people,” as she put it. She seems well organized, gets tiny bouts of anxiety/panic attacks, is emotional, yet has it together with a body that comes off as being fragile. (I like relating to Andie’s character in both her passion and cynic view (sort of) when it comes to people.) Gerard’s character I like because he’s the opposite of Andie. He doesn’t seem to have all the answers on/to life. Maybe no direction, even? Yet, he’s smart, to the point, observant, charming and keen. He comes off more as a brute. Possible Ogre? But there’s something about him more or less that’s golden.
Another thing I like about the film is the soundtrack. I’m a sucker for great music:
(Oh.. and sorry I didn’t make the video.) 😉
Are there any movies you enjoy like this?
(And please no cheesy movies. )