We love lucha libre here at the Geek. Don't believe me? Just look at our background.
So, I was really excited when I got a chance for an early look at the newly released documentary, Lucha Mexico
is a warts-and-all look behind the curtain into the world of lucha libre. The film follows a group of luchadors including Shocker and Jon "Strongman" Andersen as they try to balance their personal and professional lives.
There are appearances from lucha legends like Blue Demon, Jr., Sexy Star, El Hijo del Perro Aguayo and, briefly, Rey Mysterio, Jr.
Don't go into this expecting a Lucha Libre movie. There are no mad scientists or comely vampires. In their place are the real life dangers to luchadors: travel, injury and even death.
By focusing largely on Shocker
, Lucha Mexico
gives a human face to the traditionally masked spectacle. Whether it is Shocker's bus trip to tiny venues in rural Mexico or Strongman's concern over his ability to powerlift after an arm injury, these are real people doing an unreal job to put food on their tables.
As I started watching the movie, I wondered if the filmmakers would touch on the recent in-ring death of El Hijo del Perro Aguayo. As it turns out, they were ringside on the night of the tragedy and got footage of the aftermath of the accident. It was striking and horrifying at the same time.
Lucha libre has garnered more mainstream US attention since the debut of Lucha Underground. Lucha Mexico
strips away the glitz and glamour and, like Beyond the Mat
before it, gives the viewer an insightful look into the lives of these larger than life athletes.
is available now on VOD. It is also getting a limited theatrical run in select US markets. To see if it's playing near you, click HERE