The Game Changers
IMDb rating: 8.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 70%
Documentaries are like politicians: They all have an agenda, and they’re happy to cherrypick information to support their position, or disparage that of their opponents. The Game Changers lets you know right from the outset that it’s out to debunk the notion that to be an elite athlete you have to eat dead animals, guzzle raw eggs, and accompany every macro-klapping meal with a tall glass of milk.
Though the movie never uses the word “vegan” – choosing instead to use the less alarmist term “plant-based” – it’ll be clear to all but the most thick-skulled gymstagrammer that veganism is what it’s really advocating. To this end, it showcases a range of professional sportspeople who’ve abandoned animal products for fruit, vegetables, legumes and other things most okes, boets, bros and brus usually consider side dishes.
Given those same okes are the obvious target market, you can’t blame the filmmakers for imbuing their movie with a pretty high BPM (bros per minute) count. Sure, there’s some light science, but there’s much more sweating, snarling and picking up of heavy things, usually accompanied by a high-octane soundtrack. There’s also what amounts to a ridiculous dick joke, told without any irony. But, again, know your audience, right?
What’s perhaps most impressive about The Game Changers is its star-studded list of executive producers, which includes James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, Lewis Hamilton, Novak Djokovic, and Chris Paul. What’s strange is the decision to only turn the camera on The Governator. Having the others weigh in (so to speak) could’ve lent the film’s message extra credence.
Nevertheless, if you’re curious about ditching meat but are worried about the gains, this documentary was made for you. Watch it with your bros and never look at broccoli or beetroot the same way again.