Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Documentary Review: Hitman Hart- Wrestling With Shadows

In the world of professional wrestling , the event known as the "Montreal Screw job" is among the most controversial moments in its history. The match between Bret "Hitman" Hart and Shawn Michaels is still to this day one of the most hotly discussed matches of the last 20 years. This documentary doesn't solely focus just on those events , but on the last year of Bret's run in the WWF.

Thoughts: This documentary gave an interesting look behind the scenes of the day to day life of Bret Hart, and the world of a pro wrestler. Other documentaries often give a look at the experience of being on the road, but this was the first time I recall seeing a contract dispute with a wrestler. That's the main draw of the film, the internal fight Bret goes through when deciding to stay with the WWF , or move to WCW.

What I liked: I love that this documentary gave a more personal look into Bret's world . Showing his family, ranging from his mother and father, his brothers and sisters and his own wife and kids. It made you more emotionally invested in the people and want to keep watching.

What I disliked: While this was a film focused on Bret hart , I wish it would have shown more about the WWF, specifically Vince McMahon . While he more than likely would have come off as a bad guy, it also could have given his side of the tale and could have dramatically changed the film.

Overall:  I loved how in depth this documentary was. It could have just focused on Bret hart during the year time frame, but instead went back further , to Bret's childhood and training. The look into his family life was interesting as well, seeing not only the performer, but the man himself. This is a film I would suggest not only for fans of Bret Hart, but for any wrestling fan.

Final Grade: A-

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