Welcome to another edition of the “The Valero Verdict” movie review. In this, I will give you a quick movie review with a couple of bullet points of which I either liked or disliked. I will end the review with a rating of the movie and short overall thoughts.
On the docket today, the documentary about David Arquette, You Cannot Kill David Arquette.
Actor David Arquette attempts a rocky return to the sport that stalled his promising Hollywood career.
Our story starts with understanding who Arquette is, what drives him, what has affected him, and what is the motivation to become a professional wrestler. Arquette even talks in-depth early about how the backlash of him becoming WCW Champion hurt him, and its something he never got over.
For me, As a former professional wrestler, and growing up and watching him win the heavyweight title, it was a disgrace. I watched so many men fight to be at the top of the industry and to watch this guy who never trained a day in his life win a title was frustrating.
But now, understanding how much it hurt him to be that butt of the joke, to know it bothered him not to be in the inner circle of the world of professional wrestling. It changed my perspective on what happened and even opened my eyes to see the other side.
Being a professional wrestler has a stigma to it that is universally known. People like to call it fake, and often to say you can’t get hurt, both of which are just flat wrong. I can tell you first-hand training to become a professional wrestler isn’t easy. The wear and tear on your body is something you live with for the rest of your life. And now at Arquette’s age with his conditions, this dream, this passion could kill him.
Next, we see him go down to Mexico to train to become a professional wrestler. Lucha wrestlers take their wrestling seriously, and we see that as he is having a hard time keeping up and they are frustrated. The culmination was a pretty somber feeling as he wrestles a match, and the crowd ate it up. Arquette’s drive to show he isn’t a joke, it’s heartfelt, it’s raw, it’s emotional, and it shows that you can chase your dream no matter the age.
So then we see him wrestle, its the big match for NWA Hollywood, this is where we see Arquette and the way he transformed his body. He is in great shape and goes out and has a fantastic little match. We get this beautiful moment where CoCo is excited about her Dad and what he is doing, she is no longer concerned her Dad is wrestling, but she’s enamored by it.
We see the documentary come to ahead as he faces off with Nick Gage, who is known as one of the baddest guys in the business, in and out of the ring. The inexperience of Arquette shows as he gets somewhat scared of what is about to happen with the light tube and makes a move and gets cut and is bleeding badly from the neck. He goes into the ring and finishes the match and bolts out, and we see him taken to the hospital. It was another turning point that watched Arquette fall back into the place of despair.
Finally, we get the culmination of the documentary with this heartfelt moment between Christina (his wife) and him that breaks you down. It’s that moment you’ve wanted all movie long. It was remarkably shot, a perfect score, and a wonderful touch to end this documentary.
You Cannot Kill David Arquette is an in-depth look at a man who is struggling to find who he is, who he wants to be, and someone trying to alter the course of his past.
“You Cannot Kill David Arquette is one of the most entertaining, heartfelt, and rewarding documentaries you will see all year.”
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