The Resurrection of Jake The Snake Roberts full movie review - It's not the snake, you should be afraid of. It's the poison. Drug Abuse is just awful. Glad, to see Jake 'The Snake' Roberts, overcome his addiction.
The documentary is in many ways a real-life version of Darren Aronofsky's 2008's The Wrestler, but unlike that tragedy fall from grace movie.
This movie directed by Steve Yu, is an unfiltered tale of redemption. It's about an everyman tying to redeem himself, after years of drug abuse. It chronicles a beaten-down, semi-retired wrestler, Jake 'The Snake' Roberts (Aurelian Smith Jr.) trying to recapture his glory days by getting him, back into shape by yoga with the help of his friend and former wrestler, Diamond Dallas Page (Page Joseph Falkinburg). But it's become more of that, when another ex-wrestler, Scott Hall was introduce into Jake 'The Snake' Roberts & Diamond Dallas Page's program. While, yes, it takes away, a lot of the screen-time, away from Jake 'The Snake' Roberts, but it also nice to see that he was also getting help for his problems with substance abuse. It's also nice to see, these two different types of men, try to work and live, each other. You get to see, the good and bad side with their relationship. While, the movie does show some relapse between Jake 'The Snake' Roberts trying to kick the habit, however, it's not as disheartening as his last appearance in a documentary. The 1999 documentary film, Beyond the Mat, exposed fans to the career low of him. Yes, there is a lot NSFW language, and stories about child abuse, but unlike, Beyond the Mat, this movie doesn't go, that dark into his demons. The movie is surprising, more uplifting than depressing. You really see, the positive change within Jake 'The Snake' Roberts, being showcase here. However, there were some flaws that the movie fails to talk about, these three men. Some of the historical facts about the men, isn't that true. First off, in a minor note, the DDT was a move that Jake 'The Snake' Roberts might not have invented. In truth, the earliest known practitioner of the move was Mexican wrestler Black Gordman, who frequently performed it during the 1970s. Another thing, that kinda bug me, is why the movie interview, several wrestlers that had little to do with Jake's career, like Chris Jericho (Chris Irvine) or Edge (Adam Copeland). I don't remember, much of them, hanging out with Jake 'the Snake' Roberts that much, nor being huge fans of his work. It's seem a bit, out of the blue. Another thing, the movie doesn't talk about is, how the movie makes no mention of Roberts and Hall, going to a WWE Sponsor drug rehabilitation in 2007 & 2010, before the film supposed started in 2012, nor does explain, why DDP even started DDP Yoga. You would think the movie would give some time, explaining, that after his own wrestling career ended, Page found himself racked with pain. Damaged vertebrae caused several specialists to tell him his only option was surgery. Page instead found yoga. Since then, he has crafted his own brand of exercise that borrows heavily from American-style version of "Ashtanga Style". Yes, the film does showcase, a few footage of them doing the exercises of this American-style yoga; the movie never explain, why this work-out help Jake 'the Snake' Roberts and Scott Hall, so well, when other health exercises didn't. The movie makes it, seem like DDP Yoga is the only thing, that save Jake 'the Snake' Roberts & Scott Hall's life, when it wasn't. I would love, to see, more scenes with Roberts and Hall interacting with their ever-growing families. In my opinion, I believe that's the main reason, why they were save. There were far, too little scenes with them, interacting with their sons and daughters. Another thing, that the movie doesn't explain, is how Jake 'The Snake' Roberts is a supposedly a born-again Christian. You would think the movie would showcase, a bit about his newly found faith, rather than going with the over-the top Rocky 3 friendship type ending. Don't get me wrong, I think, his friendship with DDP, played a big part of his life, but his new belief in God, probably played a bigger factor in his change. The last thing, I felt the movie should had mention, was his struggles with cancer. After all, between his times training for the Royal Rumble in 2014, and his Hall of Fame speech, later that year; he was diagnosed with cancer. You would think the movie would, use that, as a good way, to show, how Jake 'The Snake' Roberts dealt with life's tribulation, being sober; but the movie doesn't. I guess, it wouldn't fit, with the overall theme of tribute toward the end of the film. Overall: As of early 2016, it's nice to see Jake is back in shape, clean, and is once again close with his family thanks to the help of his friends and family. It made for a very entertaining and emotional ride. This documentary is worth-checking out.