Rolling Stone picked this up, and it's impressive because I was working on this week of wrestling docs. I'm glad this popped up, because this was the single most impressive doc I saw this month. This is s story about what it means to be best friends with someone who needs a little extra help to enjoy the thing they love.
It's also the greatest love letter to wrestling announcing ever made.
Des is blind. Des loves wrestling. Rudy is a smart kid who also loves wrestling. They meet (and the story of the two of them meeting is really funny) and Rudy starts announcing the matches LIVE for Des. This allows Des to enjoy the shows that don't have live TV, so he can 'see' what's going on. It's an inspirational Doc, and Rudy is REALLY good at calling technical matches, but the thing I got from it was how this really told you what commentary means.
The fact is, without commentators, we're often lost. Yeah, we'd understand what was happening, but the story would be lost. The first films of wrestling happened when it was taken as a sporting event, but it is no shock that it was with the addition of announcers during the television era (and there was wrestling on the radio, which Ernie Kovachs did for a while) that really brought the idea of wrestling home. Gordon Solie would announce and you'd feel like you could SEE th ematches, even if you couldn't see the matches. Jim Ross was much the same way, but there you could see the story they were telling in the ring. I will always think of Jim Ross as the best announcer of all-time because he understands how to get across both the work and the story behind the work so well.
Also, he's Rudy's favorite.
This is a wonderful, and touching, documentary!
Klaus at Gunpoint
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