Beyond the Mat- August 6th

Beyond the Mat (1999)
English- Documentary
Rated “R”
Runtime- 107 min.
dir. Barry Blaustein

Story/Writing: 1/2

The film starts out as a good idea: documenting what happens behind the scenes of pro wrestling. It ends up being too unfocused and too ambitious to finally pull it off.

Acting: 2/2

I never thought that I would feel a personal, human connection with a professional wrestler, but now I suppose I have. It turns out that they really are a lot like the rest of everyone else.

Photography/Set: 1.5/2

For the quality of the video stock, the framing and photography were pretty good.

Sound/FX: 1/2

Misc: 1.5/2


Regardless of the overall quality, it’s still worth a watch. Definitely more interesting than some doc stuff out there.


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