Haiku Review: Andre the Giant

Every theatrical release that we catch will have a “Haiku Review” and will be given a rating. Occasionally, additional thoughts will be provided.


HAIKU REVIEW 

A Touching Tribute;
To A Larger Than Life Man.
Pays Wrestling Respect.


RATING:
Watch in Theater Immediately
Pickup at Redbox Upon Release
**Stream on Netflix/Watch on Cable**
Don’t Waste Your Time


ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS:

Ok, so this may be “cheating’ since this isn’t a theatrical release but it is brand new so I’m gonna count it anyway. Fair warning, I am a wrestling fan of over thirty years, so this may be a biased viewpoint, but I thought HBO did a wonderful job here. I don’t think you have to be a wrestling fan to enjoy this, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. Andre was, by all accounts, a wonderful and generous person, and lived in a nonstop spotlight by the time he was a teenager. He was not only the biggest star in wrestling throughout the 70s and much of the 80s, but he was one of the most recognizable people on the planet. He truly transcended his profession. I have memories of him as a kid, but his health was rapidly declining by the time I was reaching superfan status. This documentary is a great showcase of an era I wasn’t around for, and features very touching footage from a variety of friends, some more known to the fans than others. The piece sheds light on Andre’s life, and treats both the man and the business with respect and care. This was a joy to watch and I commend HBO for the job they did. 

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