Movie Review: 350 Days
There have been numerous documentaries about professional wrestling over the years, including ones produced by WWE about its superstars, legends, factions, and historic moments. In addition to these highly enjoyable, polished pieces, there are gritty, reality-based pro wrestling documentaries that are more focused on providing the viewer with an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the legends they grew up watching on TV. The Resurrection of Jake the Snake, an excellent character study and inspirational story about how the power of believing in yourself can transcend addiction, was firmly created in this style. 350 Days, coming out April 2, is the newest addition to this style of storytelling, and it’s an intriguing, enlightening, educational, and, most importantly, satisfying, documentary that everyone should see.
Official Movie Synopsis
In “350 Days, ” pro wrestling legends Bret Hart, Superstar Billy Graham and dozens more peel back the curtain on the severe toll working on the road 350 days a year took on their bodies, families, marriages and psyches. This compelling documentary chronicles their struggles to survive the chaos of 1980’s era wrestling. Living a rock and roll lifestyle, they faced nightly temptations, battled their vices, and were absentee parents and spouses while chasing dreams of fame and fortune. In their own words, with the cutting insight and sharp wit one would expect from such legendary icons, these gentle giants tell their harrowing (yet often darkly humorous) tales as marriages dissolve and relationships with their children are strained, sometimes permanently. Such is the life of the professional wrestler; such is life itself.
350 Days is a revealing documentary that highlights what being on the road for an exceptionally long period of time is like and the impact it has on a wrestler’s life. Even though I consider myself to be well-versed in professional wrestling history, I learned a lot watching this movie. I also appreciate the fact that not every person interviewed is a mega-star. This resulted in stories being told that fans haven’t heard over and over again, creating a level of freshness not found in other pro wrestling documentaries. That said, I did enjoy hearing from Bret Hart and other notable legends, especially those who have since passed, about their time in and out of the ring. Whether you’re a casual or hardcore pro wrestling fan, you should pick up 350 Days, available April 2 both physically and digitally.