Fighting with my Family

Fighting with my Family, 6.5/10, is a biopic that gives insight to the rise of WWE DIVA Champion “Paige”, showcasing the struggle undertaken by her family as they chase their dreams. Like many, wrestling was something that as a child I was in awe of, but as I grew older the theatrical element became a little harder to swallow and I lost interest. However, for many individuals, the love for the sport never goes away. Chances of making it to the WWE are slim at the best of times but being a girl from Norwich UK would make that journey seem even more implausible.

Not only does this depict the rise of Saraya Knight (Florence Plugh) – the birth name of WWE Superstar Paige – but it also tackles the hardship that falls to those who weren’t able to make the cut. At the age of 13, Saraya was roped into her first wrestling match when her father was one female fighter short for an event he was involved with. From that day on, the rest was history. Saraya’s youth was spent wrestling with her older brother Zodiac Zak and making money for her wrestling parents. Hence the title of the film, wrestling was in her blood.

It’s rather apparent that the characters have been glamourized and embellished with a bit of glitz for entertainment value. However the camaraderie between the family and the sport is heartfelt and true. Much like actual wrestling, the audience has to do 30% of the work in order to really get the full impact. So if you disband your belief I little bit you will inevitably become more invested into the narrative.

Fighting with my Family has made that easier by having a family who despite their faults you cant help fall for. I really am surprised at how much I liked this film, it’s comedic value was surprisingly heartwarming. Florence Pugh plays the Cinderella role well and seems to be one to keep an eye on for her future projects. Any story centred around an ambitious star, with the added value of a side splitting script written by the remarkable Stephen Merchant and finished off with the background setting of a council estate Britain is a recipe for success. Even if you have no interest in wrestling, I would still recommend that you go and see this film. It’s just that good.

Picture: 6/10

Sound: 6/10

Narrative: 7/10

Acting: 6/10

Originality: 6/10

Entertainment (of its Genre): 8.5/10

Overall rating….. 6.5/10

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