FAKE IT SO REAL dives head-first into the world of independent pro wrestling. The film follows a ragtag group of wrestlers in North Carolina, exploring what happens when the over-the-top theatrics of the wrestling ring collide with the realities of the working-class South.
Pity is easy. Ridicule is slightly less easy. Empathy is even less easy. But y'know what's truly challenging? True emotional ambiguity.
And against all odds, that's what Robert Greene has given us in this straightforward, nuanced, and dirty-gorgeous documentary about indie professional wrestlers in North Carolina. There's no simple story here: no underdog trying to make it big, no disgraced failure trying to win redemption, no goofy glances at backwoods yokels. It's an emotive portrait of a dozen or so men who have, for various reasons, chosen to spend their weekends in a physically punishing and financially draining labor of love. There's no narration and very little in the way of title-card exposition. It's all informal interviews and eavesdropping. One second, you'll be drawn in by a wrestler's tragic tale of exclusion and poor luck; the next second, you're cringing as he spouts a racist or self-delusional remark.
Who knows what emotional response you'll have? Greene isn't telling you to feel one way or another. I found myself weighed down by anxiety as I watched these men convince themselves that this brutal lifestyle was a viable way for them to escape the drudgery of their non-wrestling existences. I couldn't help but wonder if my own brass rings would seem just as pitiful to someone looking at *my* profession from the outside. But that's just how I incorporated what I was seeing. Find out for yourself.
I am NOT a huge wrestling fan, but enjoy watching documentaries. This particular film does an excellent job letting the small-town North Carolina wrestlers tell the story. The individuals in the film all have personalities that encourage the viewer to continue watching, to see what unfolds next. I would recommend this if you are slightly into wrestling, and enjoy an interesting, in-depth look at how passionate humans can be when pursuing a hobby they have always loved.
The outcome is unexpected. The two main characters of the emotional performance of people laughing. The screenwriter of this film is really great. I watched this movie with my father. This film is very nice. I really like the props in this movie. It's quite realistic.