2 days ago
So I watched 'Fighting With My Family' tonight and I honestly can't believe how impressed I am with it. While I thought it looked like a decent enough film that would appeal to every day families I had absolutely zero motivation to sit down and spend the time on it. Which made it all the more surprising that as I sat there with my own family who had rented it, I couldn't believe how quickly I was fully invested in what was happening on screen. It's starts off a bit cheesy, showing off Paige as a kid with her brother wrestling and interacting with her family; but It took only a couple of scenes before i found myself laughing along and genuinely enjoying watching the members of the family interact. While it's not surprising with talent like Lena Heady and Nick Frost, I was still blown away by how genuine the chemistry of this cast felt. It didn't feel like I was watching characters but instead an actual family with perfect banter and relatability. The movie really is carried by the cast, including the leads in florencepugh as Paige and j_a_lowden as her brother Zac. Where as in a lot of similar movies having relatively newer actors in lead roles surround with so much talent also including Vince Vaugh, Stephen Merchant, and of course therock it would have easy for them to feel weak, but instead they were shining lights in a crowded sea of stars. They both brought so much genuine emotion and sincerity to their roles that I literally couldn't look away. By the end of the film I was in tears and for the first time in a long time was happy to have watched a truly feel good movie. I wouldn't say from a filming stand point this movie does anything special, but the writing and acting are strong enough to carry. Do yourself the favor and enjoy your next movie night with a film that will get you smiling as you enjoy a tale of both hardship and triumph. This film is a much needed reminder that it doesnt matter who you are, where you're from, or what the fuck you look like. All that matters is the fire that burns within in you and what you choose to do about it.