The Main Event, directed by Jay Karas, is a 100 minutes infomercial for WWE in the grab of a family-friendly movie. And it makes sense since the film has been produced by WWE Studios; however, there’s no reason why the film is too cliched and bland to root for its protagonist, a 10-year-old school kid who finds himself in the wrestling ring.
What Is the Story About?
Leo (Seth Carr) is a 10-year-old kid, who’s an ardent fan of WWE, and he shares this obsession for wrestling with his grandmother. However, his father, who’s yet to come to terms with his broken marriage, is hardly at home and he keeps working overtime to repay his loans. One day, Leo ends up finding a mysterious mask, which gives him superpowers, and when WWE comes to town for a talent hunt, Leo signs up for the competition much to the surprise of his friends and family members.
The lead actor of the film, Seth Carr punches above his weight and he keeps the viewers entertained throughout the film, especially when he embraces his masked-persona as Kid chaos; however, the film doesn’t really give him scope to dig into the emotional aspect of the story. The film itself is surprisingly cold when it comes to addressing the emotional scars that the characters face, especially the estranged relationship between Seth Carr and Adam Pally, who plays Seth’s father. Then, there’s Tichina Arnold, who plays an overbearing grandmother, who pampers Seth; however, her performance and her role are almost always exaggerated.
If you have followed WWE long enough, you would know that everything is scripted when it comes to action inside the ring and the drama surrounding the competition. The problem with ‘The Main Event’ is that even when it tries to be honest and narrate a feel-good story, it still feels like everything is being staged like behind-the-scenes drama in WWE. Every set piece, be it the drama surrounding Leo and his friends at school or the conversations at his home are either too superficial or too cliched. In fact, the whole film is no more than a branding exercise for WWE’s outreach programme to connect with kids. Given the scope of the story, where a kid turns into a superhero the moment he wears a mask, there’s nothing in the film which catches you by surprise. Even the wrestling moves inside the ring fail to create an impact which would want us to cheer for Kid Chaos. There’s a message in the end that more than physical strength, one should also focus on the mental strength and do the right thing. The same flair goes missing in the storytelling, which lacks both imagination and its emotional subtext.
Music & Other Departments
‘The Main Event’ is a big letdown in terms of its writing, but when it comes to music, a couple of soundtracks used to track the rise of Kid Chaos are a saving grace. Nothing else makes an impact and even the action choreography in the wrestling ring is lazy at best.
The only good thing about the film is its lead actor, Seth Carr, who delivers a spirited performance in his role and keeps the film together to an extent.
Right from the film’s writing to its narrative, nothing comes to its rescue. Even though the storyline of ‘The Main Event’ has quite a few similarities with that of Spiderman, it spoils every chance it has to become a better version of itself.
Do I recommend it?
Skip this film. It’s better to watch re-runs of the actual Wrestling matches to feel the adrenaline rush, and even the kids would root for all that action more than what’s shown in ‘The Main Event’.
Rating: 1.5/5 Stars