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Brothers Joe & Ben Weider were the architects of muscle! Against all odds, they launched an empire… Along the way they discovered ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, inspired female empowerment, championed diversity and started a movement that changed the world!
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I was never a big fan of Joe Weider per say, due primarily to his self serving embellishments and elevated ego, but I do have to give him credit for separating bodybuilding from competitive lifting, and for promoting some of the major achievers, most specifically Arnold Schwarzenegger. Knowing the full story, I was somewhat disappointed in the film in that it blurred the lines with some facts and omitted essential facts that should have been better explained. However, with a 113 minute movie, I realize everything cannot be included.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was presented as a one dimensional oath in the film, when in fact, he was very intelligent and used Weider to his advantage, and patronized him when necessary. In the movie, Weider sees a picture of Arnold, immediately hopped on a plane, flew to Austria, found Arnold working out in a crude environment, brought him back to the US and personally trained him to win the Mr. Olympia. The truth is that Arnold was already accomplished at that time having one the Mr. Universe, and had lived in Germany and England, with good professional connections in both countries.
Given these issues, the movie is still worth watching, most specifically for those who with a previous knowledge of Weider and his impact on the sport of bodybuilding.
For a film that would most likely not been done by anyone else or at least not anyone with a huge budget, Bigger is a good movie to watch especially if you had followed Weider, his magazines and the IFBB during your life. If you never heard of Joe Weider or care about the history of bodybuilding then you may not have any connection to this film and be the one to give it a bad review because it isn't an interesting story to you and isn't filled with Grammy winning actors.