The Strongest Man
Directed by Kenny Riches
An anxiety-ridden Cuban man who fancies himself the strongest man in the world attempts to recover his most prized possession, a stolen bicycle. On his quest, he finds and loses much more.
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★★★½ review by PuRock on Letterboxd
The narrative of The Strongest Man is similar to Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. A man's prized possession, his BMX bike, gets stolen. This causes chaos and uncertainly in life. Tonally, The Strongest Man is more similar to Napoleon Dynamite. The characters are very deadpan and the humor is offbeat. Both of these comparisons are compliments to the film.
I never heard of The Strongest Man before adding to my que. I was actually about to remove it but then decided to give it a whirl. I'm happy I did because I enjoyed The Strongest Man a good bit. The unknown Robert Lorie who stars as Beef is unusually charismatic. Not too shabby for his only film. Ashly Burch is as cute as a button and makes me want to seek out her other collaboration with director Kenny Riches, Must Come Down. Lastly, the music is hip with great character.
All in all, The Strongest Man is quite the hidden gem. A film with a bunch of unknowns that turns in a surprising effort.
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