- File Size: 5327 KB
- Print Length: 160 pages
- Publisher: Quirk Books (October 15, 2019)
- Publication Date: October 15, 2019
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07NKQLHNY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
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This is a book of essays, thoughts and opinions of the author. There is little to no biography or interesting insight, no interviews and scarce few quotes from the subject himself. What is here reads like an overly-long blog post or article that rarely goes into any real depth. The author does branch out occasionally and experiment - the section where he fantasizes about how Dwayne Johnson can "EGOT" is reminiscent of playground conversations about how Optimus Prime could defeat both Voltron and Godzilla, filled with nonsense but kind of fun anyway. This book is amusing at points but never becomes really entertaining. The first 30 pages is spent establishing the rise of the action hero in the writer's eyes, and Johnson is barely mentioned during that time. The only commentary I have for that piece: I'm pretty sure the robot was in Rocky V, not Rock IV, and why is he reluctant to share what it is about Chris Pratt's personal life that "leaves a bit to be desired offscreen" when he's so specific about everyone else? I mean, seriously he dedicated a 2/3 of a page paragraph to Tom Cruise's Scientology insanity, but with Pratt, just a vague dislike.
A good portion of this gushing fan diatribe veers from celebrating the superstar into the author's own toxic, ironically exclusionary gender and identity politics. Like a man with a degree in social psychology from the university of Twitter, he rarely misses an opportunity to cast aspersions on the basic concept of masculinity, confusing movie masculinity with real-life masculinity and painting Dwayne Johnson's self-assuredness, positive attitude, perseverance, personal responsibility and public vulnerability as though the superstar has somehow redefined masculinity, where for many of us in the real world this has been the standard all along. The author actually used the word "heteronormativity" without ironic intent. If you want to write a book about gender and identity politics and "toxic masculinity", then write a book called "Gender and Identity Politics and Toxic Masculinity". If you want to write a book about Dwayne Johnson, I want to hear about Dwayne Johnson, not your self-righteous political views.
There are ways to celebrate the man’s diverse background, healthy disposition towards women and embodiment of the American dream that don’t require trying to drag him into divisive pop psychology and caustic political agendas. Being primarily a columnist, the author has likely had a lot of success grabbing attention by being provocative, but in this context it’s just annoying and heavy-handed.
When he isn't talking about not Dwayne Johnson, and isn't telling you how you should feel about gender politics and white privilege, the author's opinions are more palatable. I don't particularly agree with his picks for things like best "The Rock" performance or best "The Rock" film, but at least he makes his case for them very clearly.
This book is not what I thought it would be. I had hoped it would provide some new insight, or have a new interview with Dwayne Johnson, but most of the info here is available on Wikipedia and most of the rest of it is an opinion piece that almost completely failed to resonate with me. Dwayne Johnson is an excellent star and rare celebrity that is actually a pretty decent role model. I think the author and I could probably agree on most of the things that make "The Rock" so likable, but not the reasons why those things make him likable. I'd give this one a miss.
This book is what dreams are made of! I liked Dwayne Johnson before reading this book, but now I LOVE Dwayne Johnson.
Going into this book, all I was expecting was a silly little book about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. What I got was a fun book about Dwayne Johnson that also offered insightful commentary about masculinity and privilege. The book discusses how Dwayne Johnson challenges traditional notions of masculinity. For example, most of his love interests are age appropriate, which is becoming increasingly rare to see in movies. The book also highlights the fact that Dwayne Johnson is half black and half Pacific Islander and therefore did not have the same privileges as some of his fellow white action stars.
This book is also hilarious. It has fun extras like a quiz on which Rock character you should take to prom, a Rock version of the Oscars, and a ranking of his catchphrases. My favorite was the section on the Rock’s road to EGOT (an acronym that stands for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony). The author came up with three theories on how the Rock can win all four awards. They were laugh out loud funny.
I also liked the short afterword the author wrote detailing how the book came into fruition. You can tell that he really loves and is passionate about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Overall, I recommend this book to both die-hard and casual Dwayne Johnson fans. This book will make you love the Rock even more than you already do.
This is just the first book in Quirk Books’ For Your Consideration series, and I cannot wait to read the next installment. It just so happens to feature my new favorite actor and current celebrity crush, Keanu Reeves.