Taking Chance (2009)
Runtime: 1 hr 17 mins
Similar Films: Megan Leavey
Based on true events, Taking Chance follows a volunteer military escort officer (Kevin Bacon), who is taking the body of 19 year old Marine, Chance Phelps home to Wyoming for burial.
This was a movie I watched shortly after its release, and my Facebook Timehop reminded me with a little review I had written.
I tend to stay away from politics, and therefore don't watch many war movies these days. I feel the majority of the directors are trying to force feed one political agenda or another down your throats instead of focusing on what is important... the men and women fighting, and dying for our country. Political agendas aside, THEY are the ones that matter.
This movie doesn't have a bunch of flashy effects. It doesn't have a giant budget or a crazy story to weave. It is simply a story that happens all the time, but is rarely projected on the big screen.
Taking Chance is not a war movie. It is a movie about a kid who took a stand for his country, died doing it, and is now being escorted back to the family that loved and supported him from the moment he was born. It is a movie about honor. A movie about respect. It is a touching story that should make you feel a kinship for your fellow man, and the sacrifices these brave people make for you every single day. Politics aside. This movie isn't about politics. It is about a human life that was lost. A human who made the ultimate sacrifice for the people he adored, the strangers he would never meet, and a country he loved.
I'm not sure if this movie is streaming for free anywhere, but you should look for it. And if you find it, grab a box of tissues and be prepared to take an emotional journey that should leave you feeling both heart broken, and proud to be an American.
I, Tonya (2017)
Runtime: 2 hrs
Similar Films: The Cutting Edge/Blades of Glory/Juno .
A movie based on the life of infamous figure skater, Tonya Harding, who although a great figure skater, is more famous for conspiring to break the knee caps of her biggest competitor, Nancy Kerrigan.
Figure skating was the only Olympic sport my Grandma watched. I was raised by my Grandma, so it was the only one I watched too. I remember watching Tonya, Nancy, Kristi, and Oksana skate against each other in the early 90's, and it was my favorite era for the sport. With that being said, if you have no nostalgia for what I would consider the pinnacle of figure skating or interest in these people, this movie isn't for you.
Tonya Harding's life story is so over the top, I really have to wonder how much of it is true. And what was written for the sake of story telling. If everything is in fact true, you have to feel a little bit sorry for her. It doesn't excuse what she did, but it would definitely explain some things about her personality type.
The soundtrack is fantastic! The soundtrack to my childhood, and unlike Margot Robbie's previous film Suicide Squad, it used music correctly.
The cast all did fantastic jobs portraying their characters, and The Globe nominations were well deserved.
But the movie was just okay. Nothing groundbreaking. And honestly, it didn't need to be told. I don't think anyone really cared that much about Harding or what became of her. She is just another wanna be celebrity, who had a lot of talent, and squandered it all away because of bad decisions and jealousy. There are a lot of good things about this movie, but the subject matter isn't one of them. Harding doesn't deserve the sympathy or the career revival.