A few weeks ago, the Queen and I went to see Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. This wouldn’t have been our first choice, mind you, but it was the only film we could fit into our limited time out. Journey 2 had received solid notices from Biff Bam Pop’s Perry Schwartz and his daughter Maddie (you can read their review here), so we figured we’d at the very least be entertained. Admittedly, I and the mass amounts of 1o year olds enjoyed the movie more than the Queen, but the one thing we both could agree on was just how charming Journey 2’s lead, Dwayne Johnson, was.
Of course he’s charming. He’s The Rock.
When Sports Entertainment captured the imagination of the world in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, it was The Rock who led the charge. While other talents like Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H and The Undertaker were massively popular, Dwayne Johnson’s character of The Rock was crossing over into mainstream culture in a way that others, not even 80’s wrestling hero Hulk Hogan, had been able to. What was most amazing about Johnson’s transition into major film actor is that he never really looked back to the wrestling ring – for nearly 8 years he firmly concentrated on becoming the box office draw he now is.
Things changed last year when he made a return to World Wrestling Entertainment as guest host of Wrestlemania 27. Johnson’s The Rock would get physical with WWE flag bearer John Cena and the duo would sign up to main event this year’s Wrestlemania main event, one year out from the date. In the year that followed, Johnson would star in Fast Five, a huge summer blockbuster, and the recently released Journey 2. Meanwhile, WWE recently released The Epic Journey of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, a 3 DVD set that traces Johnson’s wrestling career in a way that hasn’t ever been done before.
Along with two discs of classic Rock matches, the set offers a two hour documentary on Dwayne Johnson’s wrestling career. As per the high quality of other WWE DVD collections, the documentary is in-depth in a way that few Hollywood actors will ever receive. Family and colleagues offer up insight into Johnson’s growth as a performer in the ring and then as an actor. One thing many fans of The Rock may not know is that he was not particularly accepted when he first appeared in a wrestling ring. Always smiling and playing the uber good guy at a time of transition in the industry set The Rock up for immediate boos from the crowd. However, the natural born entertainer that Johnson is, he managed to adjust his character to a dreaded bad guy on his way to becoming a bonafide pop culture sensation. The Epic Journey of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson highlights this in a smart way,
This Sunday, The Rock enters the wrestling ring as a solo performer for the first time since 2003 (he’s had a few tag matches over the years, most recently last November) to take on John Cena, sports entertainment’s modern day Superman. In the days leading up to the event, there’s no better way to get real insight to Dwayne Johnson than by watching his epic journey on DVD.
The Epic Journey of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is available on DVD here.