Do not let it be said we’re anywhere close to running out of fresh angles for genre stories…
At its core, ‘First Match’ is a coming of age story. But here are just a few of the ‘not worn out’ touches…
a) the protagonist is a young black girl
b) she tries to bond with her father by joining her high school wrestling team
c) the potential ‘dark side’ angle has her going into female street fighting (not quite MMA but close…)
We all gravitate toward hero stories of course, but, especially in this (teenage) phase of life, it’s very compelling to watch someone set themselves up for a ‘good’ future, and potentially blow it because their emotions override their logic.
Well acted and directed. Definite recommend.
Now streaming on Netflix.