‘Augie’ Review: Fitness Giant’s ALS Struggle Makes For Moving Love Story
March 17, 2018 - als
On a surface, Augie, the story of a aptness hulk who engaged ALS (Amyotrophic parallel sclerosis, aka Lou Gehrig’s disease), competence be a barbiturate of a documentary to watch. That would be wrong. Instead, Augie turns out to be a adore story like no other and an memorable tour that gives us all hope. In many ways it shares some of a same attributes as a Oscar-nominated Alzheimer’s docu Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, which minute a singer’s intrepid quarrel opposite a debilitating and vicious disease, while still display a clever will to perform and survive. It isn’t a fluke that both films come from executive James Keach.
This one is a story of Augustine Nieto, a male behind a aptness world’s Lifecycle, a appurtenance that became a tack in gyms everywhere and incited Nieto into a outrageous success in a business world. Fate intervened, however, and 13 years ago he was diagnosed with ALS and a harmful news that he substantially wouldn’t have most longer to live. The film pulls no punches in display how this influenced him primarily — even heading to a trail toward self-murder — before he found his loyal pursuit and began regulating his possess business astuteness to emanate a substructure and try to find a heal with a same integrity he had when holding a practice attention by storm. It altered all even as he mislaid a ability to promulgate in ways we all take for granted.
At this indicate Augie can usually “talk” with his large toe as he forms out difference that way. But as we contend in my video examination above. this film is anything though joyless to watch — most of that since Keach focuses on amusement in startling ways. In fact, a film opens with Augie, sitting in his elaborate wheelchair, revelation a joke. You immediately comfortable to him, and thankfully, as risqu� as those jokes are, Augie keeps them coming. He even promises to put people on his email “porn list” if they ask.
The other thing that creates this film work is a adore story it tells between Augie and his mother Lynne, who is only as pivotal here as a pretension theme himself. She is an unassailable suggestion who refers to their predestine as “our diagnosis” or “our fight,” and her place in his life and in a film about it can't be underestimated. The dual aged friends rediscovered any other after in life after any married someone else. She is such a comfortable participation here we can see she is a large reason Augie has defied all predictions about his mankind — in fact, he only distinguished his 60th birthday, and it’s transparent he and Lynne are going to keep on until they do find a cure. Keach has finished a excellent pursuit incorporating his dual categorical subjects into a structure of a movie, skilfully regulating interviews with friends and family and new footage and archival film that is mostly weaved in and out by saying Augie watch it on a laptop on his chair. It’s an effective device in a must-see film we won’t shortly forget.
Keach and Eric Carlson are producers. The film opes theatrically currently in Los Angeles during Laemmle’s Music Hall and in New York City during Cinema Village. It hits iTunes for digital download Tuesday. Check it out wherever we can.
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