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About the Movie
Playing off Miami's complicated cultural and social strata, The Strongest Man follows Beef, an anxiety-ridden Cuban construction worker, and his Korean friend Conan, as their lives get bumped off track the moment they agree to attend a spiritual meditation class. Not fully understanding the metaphor, Beef and Conan embark on a journey to find their respective spirit animals on the streets of Miami, where both wild dogs and chickens run rampant. Conan’s relationship with his family crumbles, as Beef’s relationship with his neighbor, a young woman named Illi, begins.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 9
- Fresh: 2
- Rotten: 7
- Average Rating: 5.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Another stab at that school of comedy in which adult losers acting like particularly dweeby 13-year-olds in nonsensical situations is assumed to be automatically hilarious.
Rotten: Although Beef and Conan are far from stereotypical, the quirkiness and eccentricities ascribed to them by writer-director Kenny Riches harp on their otherness all the same.
Rotten: The kind of indie doodle of a movie in which several potentially interesting ideas co-exist but never quite come together and where supporters will call the narrative "freewheeling" while naysayers will insist on "rambling."
Rotten: Writer-director Kenny Riches lays on the whimsy pretty thick, and his sub-Jarmusch deadpan style (inert camera, intentionally flat line readings) adds another layer of affect to the story.
So charming, so quirky. This warmed my heart!
Don’t Dismiss The Strongest Man
I had read an interesting interview with cinematographer, Tom Garner, that sparked my interest in the film. THE STRONGEST MAN is generating dismissive reviews from the critics, but I enjoyed the movie.
This is a surreal character study of two marginalized men who have allowed their respective "hopes and dreams" to be lowered so far they've begun to sleepwalk through their lives. This is not another lame comedy about men who refuse to grow up. This is a movie about two fully grown men who have opted to pull away from a culture that doesn't seem to care.
Director/Writer, Kenny Riches, utilizes surrealism to enter their psyches. Beef and Conan expect little in life. Dreams and hopes have been illogically reasoned in ways that make them unattainable. In Riches' surrealist take, their fears and paranoias have taken a seemingly mutually shared vision of demons hiding in the dark corners of their homes and city streets. Beef and Conan have developed skewed logic to avoid facing any further disappointments. When a bike and a dog go missing, they are forced down an off-beat path toward something that may offer more potential.
The film's tone and deadpan absurdist humor have been carefully crafted. The cinematography is particularly effective. The only major flaw I found here is that the movie runs a bit long. But it is important to note that I enjoyed every minute. This is a creative and entertaining directorial debut which offers more than cheap laughs. It should not be dismissed.
What a great film--they really don't make them like this enough anymore.