written and I learned a lot about the history of body building and the
growth of the exercise industry.
The beautiful Julianne Hough (Dancing with the Stars) was not only perfect
for the role of Joe Weider's true love Betty, but her character showed how
Joe Weider, a brilliant businessman, and rising leader of the fitness world,
also respected and valued the ideas that she contributed. We watched how he
and his brother experienced despicable anti-Semitism (seeing the ugly and
ignorant side of some) and stood up for what he believed in. A true
visionary and ahead of his time, it was inspirational to see his new ideas
turn into reality.
It's age appropriate for 12 and up and will most likely motivate it's
viewers to live a healthy life and to follow your dreams! You definitely
don't have to be into body building to enjoy this movie. If you happen to
be, you'll go nuts over it.
This film isn't just for fitness fanatics or bodybuilders though. It is a film about overcoming obstacles and believing in a dream, with some wonderfully developed characters that you can't help but cheer for (or hate, in the case of bad guy Bill Hauk brilliantly played by Kevin Durand).
What was particularly surprising, is how this film will resonate with women. It is not just a "get pumped" body-building muscle film. One of the most remarkable performances is by Julianne Hough who plays Joe's wife, Betty Weider FKA Betty Brosmer, a gorgeous 1950's pin-up girl (google it). Betty plays a central part in this story, and Joe Weider's reliance on her and obvious respect for her intellect and willingness to treat her as his equal is refreshing to see (esp considering the era in which these events took place and against the backdrop of the current #metoo movement).
The other reviews rave about Australian Calum Von Moger, who is an absolute dead ringer for a young Arnold Schwarzenegger (discovered by Joe Weider in the 1960's) not just physically but with his accent and attitude. All of the praise is well deserved, he nails it.
Joe Weider is played by Tyler Hoechlin, and tbh his voice / inflection is a little hard to get used to at first. But you realize, as the film develops, that the hesitation and stammering reflect his lack of experience and insecurity (fear?) and as he becomes older and more successful, he morphs into a confident man and the stuttering falls away.
The film starts a little slowly, but by the time you get to the scene in Murray's (sp) Restaurant you will be hooked.
Best movie I've seen in a long time, and I plan to see it at least once more
Juliane Hough was born to play Betty Weider.
This movie also made me want to go workout after lol