On to the show!
Today we'll be taking a look at an important documentary which seems to have slipped right under the radar. The Christopher Bell film is titled 'Bigger, Stronger, Faster*', and it's a movie about athletes who wish to become larger than life. But as far as the consequences and the origins of their desires go, well, that's all up for discussion.
To spoil the introductory scene for you, the opening talks about the influence that personalities like Hulk Hogan, Sylvester Stallone, and Arnold Schwarzenegger have all had on the impressionable minds of young boys.
These are supposed to be the heroes that always triumph over evil, shooting and blowing up the bad guys, getting the big paychecks and winning the heart of all of the women around them. What's not to like?
Of course, what all of these guys had in common was a tremendous physique which many men only dream of having, but which are not achievable without the use of steroids.
But is it really "cheating" if you use steroids? What are the potential dangers of use, if any? And what of Olympic competitions?
The film largely is partly autobiographical and largely revolves around the director, Chris Bell, and his brothers, 'Smelly' and 'Mad Dog' - all brothers having been bitten by the 'muscles' bug. Despite the first hand experience, the film manages to remain neutral as statistics, both pro and con, and presented throughout.
In fact, the evidence presented by experts would lead you to consider that steroid use is not as harmful for you physically or mentally, as detrimental as it may to your self-confidence (namely, never feeling satisfied and constantly fighting a power struggle for more).
Arguments are made explaining that steroids don't magically enhance your physique or athleticism, as much as they increase your potential to improve - and that's a large difference.
Also taken into account, how widespread forms of steroid use actually is, from the porn industry, to college students studying for exams, and musicians playing in orchestras.
A third variable that comes into the picture, however, are drug companies which only see the potential to make money off of the men (and women) who are seeking to sculpt their bodies. As well as the magazines that sell their products, and the models which don't look exactly as depicted.
And then, there's the government which has passed legislation in favor of the drug companies which are screwing over consumers.
Final Grade: A+
To be completely honest, I've also been attracted to this sort of 'lifestyle' and culture scene before, but generally speaking, I've mostly always been in favor of doing things as naturally as possible. Protein bars are as far as I've personally gone, but even that didn't last too long.
In the end, it's a great big mindfuck that's left America insecure and striving to win a shameful dick-measuring contest which goes on unregulated. Much like our obsession with money, war, and photoshop.
But all in all, it's a great, informative, and surprisingly entertaining presentation.
Highly recommended! And if you act now, you can actually find the whole movie (in parts) up for streaming on YouTube!!
P.S. The movie has a good number of equally great deleted scenes. It'd be great to get an extended cut. 'Bigger, Stronger, Faster, Longer', anyone?