GLOW, or ‘Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling’, as it stands for, is the newest show to hit Netflix. I saw this advertised for over a month, with two minute clips and interviews storming my social media pages and all I could think was ‘this show really isn’t for me’. I have never been interested in wrestling in the past and it just seemed a little too over the top for me. When it finally came out I casually put on the first episode…and finished the series the next day. This show was so real I couldn’t stop watching. Whilst it is fictional, the general origin story of women’s wrestling is very real and very successful!
GLOW opens with Ruth Wilder – an aspiring actress who is down on her luck. Then she hears of the audition for GLOW, directed by Sam Sylvia. We see the audition process of a group of women learning the basics of wrestling (it’s quite funny to watch at the start) and as the group gets smaller, we finally meet the women that made the cut. One of the best things about this show is the diversity in body types – we don’t just see stick thin women, but we get some curves and larger women who are confident and strong – this is a rarity in TV even now, and it was refreshing to see! Watching the women grow throughout the ten episodes made me feel so supportive that when they successfully performed some of the difficult moves I was fist punching the air and getting emotional along with the crowd and may or may not have had blurry eyes a few times…
Not only does this show present the difficulties women faced, particularly in the world of acting, which we see all too clearly in the opening scene, but it also shows Sam Sylvia’s struggles with his career. Despite his hard work people fail to take him seriously as a director and he struggles with creativity for his future films. In addition to this, we see the loneliness he feels and his destructive nature to push those closest to him away – the only person to become his true friend is Ruth, whose positive attitude seems to bring a little more light in to his life. This is what makes the show so real – it truthfully presents the struggles of men and women without any flowery cover – it’s raw and truthful and speaks to its audience.
Alison Brie’s performance is outstanding to say the least! Not only does she play such a strong leading female character, who pushes through all the barriers in her way and is annoyingly persistent at times, but Brie is able to portray SO many different acting talents. As her character is an actress, we see her auditioning for different roles and taking on many different characters – the main one being the Russian villain ‘Zoya the Destroya’, her wrestling persona– and she has such a wide range of abilities it is incredible to watch! For the first time we see Brie as more of a villain than the sweet character we’re used to, and I love it.
GLOW is a comedy-drama that will definitely have you laughing throughout, even during the more serious scenes – the women grow together and you go on their ride with them through all their struggles and their successes, and it’s an amazing journey to go on! Not to mention the COSTUMES! The costume design in incredible – it’s bright, it’s tight and does everything right – and the make-up and hair to go with it is just as amazing! They delved into the 80s vibe and all the incredible (and sometimes dreadful) trends that were fashionable and it works so well. If nothing else has sold this show, perhaps that will! It’s an incredible show so make sure that GLOW is on your watch list for this summer!