The inspirational tale of the grandfathers of fitness as we now know it, Joe and Ben Weider. Facing anti-Semitism and extreme poverty, the brothers beat all odds to build an empire and inspire future generations.
To many in bodybuilding, Calum Von Moger is seen as the future of the sport. A 2x Mr. Universe champion, Calum was catapulted into social media stardom. Known for his resemblance to Arnold ... See full summary »
Michael B. Banffy,
Brothers Joe and 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.Written by
Steve Lee Jones
This movie, which was partly filmed on-location in Birmingham, Alabama, depicts Arnold Schwarzenegger as a character. Schwarzenegger's first theatrically released movie in which he was credited under his own name, Stay Hungry (1976), was also filmed in Birmingham. See more »
In the film Joe Weider creates the IFBB on the spot at the Mr. Universe competition in the early 50's. However the organization was already created by the brothers in 1946. See more »
BIGGER is essentially the video biography of the grandfather of bodybuilding/nutrition, Joe Weider.
Perhaps best known for his weights (WEIDER across a set of plates or barbells at your local gym), Joe and his brother Ben arguably brought bodybuilding and the need for balanced nutrition to the forefront of western culture, some 60 years ago. The billion dollar market that exists today, is based on the template that Weider created with his magazines, equipment, pro competitions and the creation of the IFBB.
The film portrayal is loyal to his life, vision and clearly conveys the passion Joe obviously felt from a very young age without any outside influence in being drawn to the sport of bodybuilding (before he had it recognized as a sport).
To me, the firl was very entertaining beginning to end; some of the acting was a little wooden at times and downright awful at others (Calum Von Moger, looking at you) but it can be forgiven for these moments, since the goal of showing Arnold in his prime at a competition were achieved/believable, which obviously outweighed the requirement to have him be a good actor to boot. With that said, I really hope Calum pursues acting (after some good lessons) because it would be a lot of fun to see him throw people around in roles like Arnie used to do, coupled with memorable one-liners ( "Crush ya' enemies, see dem driven befo' you...")
All in all, a great movie which I recommend checking out. Solid 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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