Andre the Giant

This is an awesome bio documentary about the “Eight Wonder” of the world:

Professional wrestler Andre the Giant!

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  • My Rating: 98/100
  • IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Ratings: 91/100 (User); 92/100 (Critics)

Review of “Andre the Giant”

Forget your run-of-the-mill biographies!

Jason Hehir’s “Andre the Giant” throws down a piledriver of a documentary, tackling the Eighth Wonder of the World with brutal honesty and surprising tenderness.

Wrestling fans and human drama enthusiasts alike will enjoy this sports doc.

Hehir paints a poignant portrait of André René Roussimoff, the man behind the larger-than-life wrestling persona.

You’ll see interviews with wrestling icons like Pat Patterson, the voice of wrestling Jim Ross, and the “dirtiest player in the game” Ric Flair.

Wrestling journalists like Dave Meltzer offer insightful analysis.

Celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Billy Crystal (he seems to weigh in on any sports subject, right?) share their personal encounters with the gentle giant.

But, we feel the physical toll of gigantism.

It’s a life of isolation, the yearning for normalcy in a world built for “average-sized Joes.”

But alongside the darkness, the doc celebrates Andre’s infectious charisma.

Remember him tearing down the steel cage with Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania III?

We see that guy and more, lighting up a room, charming everyone, and leaving opponents wondering if they just wrestled a grizzly bear.

Prepare for a verbal smackdown in the interview ring.

Hulk Hogan’s gravelly “brother!” pronouncements are pure entertainment, Ric Flair’s emotional confessions surprisingly genuine.

And even Vince McMahon sheds his kayfabe persona to offer heartfelt respect.

But it’s Andre’s sister, Monique, who steals the show. Her love shines through her tears as she shares the complexities of living alongside a real-life giant.

This ain’t just about body slams and bodyslams, though.

It’s a meditation on fame, addiction, and the human cost of being a spectacle. Hehir avoids easy answers, leaving viewers to grapple with the man behind the legend.

And that’s where the doc shines. It doesn’t just entertain, it makes you think, makes you feel. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you might even find yourself yelling “OHHHHHH YEEEEAH!” in solidarity with Andre’s spirit.

In the end, this doc is a love letter, courtesy of executive producers Janine Marmot and the sports-crazed Bill Simmons (of “30 for 30” and The Ringer fame_, to a larger-than-life legend.

It’s a reminder that even giants have hearts, and sometimes, the most captivating stories are told outside the ring.

Thanks for reading!

Rob Kelly, Chief Maniac, Daily Doc