The Sporting Film - Generation Iron 2
Bodybuilding: The first generation was probably enough
So it's been about 30 years since the first (and best) film about bodybuilding was released. Little was known then about a curious world of men and women that lived in gyms and made a living from photoshoots and appearances in B movies.
Pumping Iron changed that, and made a household name of Arnold Schwarzenegger and later, of Lou Ferrigno. The film provided an insight into a world to which most people had no access and no idea of its existence and thus was a real eye opener, and still is the gold standard for those that are into bodybuilding today.
Generation Iron 2 however merely gives us a glimpse into a world that frankly is not so unique anymore. Legions of 'fitness' driven Instagram stars fill our mobile screens, with discount codes and supplement deals for the ever willing viewer. YouTube has made stars of people that pose, albeit not always the IFBB professionals that feature in Generation Iron 2.
Although interesting to those into the sport, this is less revealing than the prequel, and feels a bit like an excuse to make a film featuring powerful YouTubers and Instagram influencers. Rich Piana is the most compelling and tragic character in the movie, and perhaps the one who has been the most honest of all amongst his peers. The news that Piana died earlier this year will perhaps make the movie more compelling to watch, and Rich would certainly be happy knowing he is still making his mark on the industry from beyond the grave.
Aside from that and some interesting lines from another more genuine bodybuilder, Jay Cutler, there is not much to see here. The peoples hero Kai Greene seems keen to highlight his new career ambitions and Calum Von Moger display his appetite for bodybuilding domination. That's really about the sum of all parts.