Ready Player One (PG-13)

Based upon the Ernest Kline novel, produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, and starring Tye Sheridan (as Parcival/Wade) and Olivia Cooke (as Art3mes/Samantha), Ready Player One involves a race to win a popular virtual reality game which takes place in a world called the OASIS. When the game’s creator (a Steve Jobs-like, genius-type, guru) dies, he releases a video challenging all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg. Set in 2045, everyone is into the game as a means of escape from their mostly dreary, dystopian lives. The winner of the game (whomever finds the Egg) will win the founder’s fortune. Parcival, Art3mes and friends must get to the Easter Egg before the evil corporate entity does.

This movie is full of so much nostalgia, it is pure fun. There are all these blasts from the past that will take you back to the 80’s. There are pop references on top of pop references and they are all enjoyable, as is the music. It’s like being a kid again and opening up Christmas presents past, and the gifts just keep on coming. This is the first movie I have reviewed that I saw in 3D that I would actually recommend you do the same. The 3D effects are beautiful and go on throughout the movie, rather than just having a few effects here and there, or being 3D heavy in the beginning and having very few in the remainder of the film. The action is exciting and well choreographed. There is suspense and humor. This movie has it all.

Here, Spielberg proves why we love him. His body of work is so diverse, it’s like the man can produce/direct anything, and you can feel how at home he is right here. Ready Player One takes us back in time, while living in the future, with a theme of going backward. Brilliant. The makeup, costume design, set design, camera work, editing, cinematography, sound, lighting, special and visual effects, were all really well done. The acting is fine with lots of endearing, and some not so endearing, potential favorite characters to choose from.

Billed as Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi, Speilberg & Co. deliver on it all. On a positive note, Ready Player One is a stand alone film that could very easily command a sequel, but doesn’t feel as though it is purposefully setting the audience up for one. The pacing of the story is steady with minimal lulls (I can’t speak for the guy behind me who was snoring 5 minutes before the movie ended), if any. The action is maintained in the virtual world and in reality. I’ve seen too many movies where I’m engaged during the fantasy segments and feel as though I’m in them myself, but when it comes back around to reality, I get dropped off back into the theater and feel like an onlooker, waiting for the more interesting part to come back on. Both the fantasy and reality had enough action to keep the audience engaged.

With all that it’s got going for it, Ready Player One is not without problems. The boy-meets-girl, boy-loves-girl, boy-loses-girl, boy-wins girl story line is kind of lame. It is just so cliché it feels lazy when the rest of the movie is so well done. It is a predictable portion of a movie that is otherwise anything but. There is one pretty unbelievable scene that should have been better thought out. There were a couple of cuss words and I laughed at them because they were well timed and funny, and hell, I’m grown and don’t mind a bit of salty language; but I don’t think the movie would have suffered any without them.

Ready Player One earned 8 out of 10 bloops. Despite a few problems, it is a great movie that shouldn’t be missed. There are a couple of bad words, thus the PG-13 rating, so mind the children if you’re the type that disapproves of swearing. It’s what many might consider a long movie, at 2 hours 20 minutes, but that time flies right by if you’re into it. If you’ve got the extra coins and if you care to, I recommend springing for the 3D. Just like any other movie adapted from a novel, don’t expect the movie to be exactly like the book and you won’t be disappointed (at least not in that way).

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Bloops:

1   =   worst ever, avoid at all cost
2   =   very bad, forget about it!
3   =   poor movie, not recommended
4   =   not good, even for free – NO!
5   =   so-so, worth it if you don’t have to pay
6   =   not bad, could have been better
7   =   good movie, worth seeing
8   =   great movie, don’t miss it!
9   =   excellent movie, a must see!
10 =   a masterpiece, go see it now!

What I’m seeing/reviewing next…

Love, Simon

Other Reviews

A Wrinkle in Time
Lady Bird
I, Tonya
The Florida Project
Black Panther
Molly’s Game
The Post
Phantom Thread
Den of Thieves
All the Money in the World
Coco
The Greatest Showman
The Disaster Artist
Call Me By Your Name
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Shape of Water
Marshall
The Man Who Invented Christmas
Victoria and Abdul
Thor: Ragnarok
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Mother!
It
Good Time
Atomic Blonde
Dunkirk
Girls Trip
Spider-Man: Homecoming
The Big Sick
Baby Driver
All Eyez on Me 
It Comes at Night 
The Wedding Plan 
Wonder Woman
Everything, everything
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Raw
Kong: Skull Island
Logan
The Girl with All the Gifts
A Cure for Wellness 
Get Out
Hidden Figures
Fences
Moonlight
Hell or High Water
Loving
La La Land
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
Nocturnal Animals
Captain Fantastic
Elle
Jackie
I Am Not Your Negro
The Lobster

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A Wrinkle in Time (PG)

Based upon the 1962 Madeleine L’Engle’ novel and starring  Storm Reid and Deric McCabe, A Wrinkle in Time tells the story of Meg and Charles Wallace; two children trying to get to the bottom of their father’s disappearance. Meg and Charles Wallace’s father is a scientist who had been working on a way for humans to time/space/universe transport, who literally disappeared into thin air. The story begins four years later. Meg is still grieving the loss of her father, but has to deal with other problems as an awkward, misunderstood, withdrawn, bullied, teenager.  Meg and Charles Wallace are then visited by three beings who lead them on a journey to find their father, and during this journey Meg finds herself.

I’ve never read this book. I’ve heard of it. I understand that it is a beloved childhood favorite to many. I grappled with the decision to read or not to not read the book(s) before the movie. In this instance, because I wanted to be able to watch the movie objectively and I wanted to see whether the movie inspired me to read the books, I chose not to. Another deciding factor in my decision to not read the book is that it is part of a series and I wasn’t willing to do that much homework for this one movie.

After seeing A Wrinkle in Time, I find myself inspired to read the books, and even better – I believe it will inspire children to want to read the book(s). (Now, whether or not I actually read the books is another question. I don’t think that will happen. The only time I felt the need to do homework on a movie by reading the book first thus far was for The Girl on the Train (2016) (here’s my review), and I regretted it. So… I don’t think I’ll be doing that again. On the same token, the only recent movie I’ve reviewed that inspired me to read the book , and I actually read it and loved them both, was A Man Called Ove (2016). (Here’s my review. If you haven’t seen it, I suggest you do. Tom Hanks is set to produce and star in the American remake sometimes within the next couple of years.))

I love that this movie re-imagined the book as this multicultural adventure. That’s the great thing about adapting movies from books. It is a creative process full of creative license that can be readjusted in vision, diversity, focus on themes; characters can be added or eliminated, so that the story can be modified to make it fit into the form of a film that works. This film works.

Oprah’s make up in this movie is incredible. I understand that her very presence annoys a lot of people, but: (a) this movie isn’t made for adults; and (b) to those of us to whom she is beloved, like myself…  I want her bedazzled eyebrows for my next night out on the town. Period. Seriously. Reese Witherspoon did a great job. She had the most interesting part of the three deities, entities – whatever you want to call them. Mindy Kalig had the most challenging role of the three that just fell flat at times, unfortunately. The young stars carried the movie well and had adequate moments to shine.

The effects, costume design, hair, makeup, set design, lighting, camera work, cinematography, were all done well. I particularly loved the costume design for the deities.

The script is where the problems lie, as it is not consistently strong. There is a bit of cheesy dialogue and the character development could use some enrichment.

I enjoyed this movie because it enabled me to reconnect with my 8 to 12 year old self. I was totally into it and so enjoyed looking at a young main character who reminded me so much of my curly headed daughter in those awkward tween years. The glasses, the fabulous head of curly hair which she hated and learned to love, the insecurity, all mirrored how teens can sometimes feel and caused me to recall memories of those feelings of inadequacy; before I was mature enough to realize that I am enough. A Wrinkle in Time takes you on a journey of discovery that most young girls and boys go through and come out of the other side more confident, less innocent and more mature.

A Wrinkle in Time earned 7.5 bloops out of 10. It’s a solid film, worth seeing. It tackles themes associated with coming of age such as first love, self esteem, bullying, parent/child relationships and dynamics, children realizing parents are not perfect people and they make mistakes like everyone else, etc. It is also a great conversation starter for parents and their tweens. It may not be for you, particularly if you’ve lost touch with your 8 to 12 year old self, but your 8-12 year old children will most likely enjoy it.

***

Before I wrap this up, I have to discuss my movie-going experience here. It was the worst of my life; and I remember the days when people could smoke cigarettes in movie theaters – weed even, if we’re talking about 42nd Street. I’ve been to the movies where riots have broken out and it wasn’t this painful for me. My daughter strategically chose our seats before I arrived and they were THE wrong-est seats ever. Both seats on either side of her were empty when I arrived. I initially sat to her left. Whereupon there was a child of about  9 years of age, who couldn’t keep his feet off the back of my seat, despite his mother sitting directly next to him and watching him extend his legs so that his feet were in my back for the first half hour of the film. The seat to my left was empty at that time. Due to this untrained child’s behavior, I switched to the empty seat to the right of my daughter. Well, that proved to be a disaster as some muscle-bound caveman sat left-handedly eating his popcorn with a bubble coat on, raising his elbow higher and higher and closer and closer to my face as we went along. Also, parking his elbow inside the right side of my seat as if I was not even there, forcing me to lean left the entire time. When I had enough of that after assessing that this was a person who could not be reasoned with because he was too thick in the head, and because I was ready to punch him in the throat, I returned to the previous seat believing the seat kicker was the lesser of two evils. Not only did that brat keep kicking the back of my seat (There was like a full 45 minute reprieve where I guess the Little Darling was into the movie and forgot about irritating the lady in the seat in front of him as his jack ass of a mom looked on), but the empty seat to my left was occupied by a woman with an extraordinarily rotund behind who was with her man. Big Booty Judy felt as though the proper way to sit in a movie theater was up under her man’s armpit (like they were on the couch at home Netflixing and Chilling), which caused a twist of her ample backside, so that her left butt cheek was permanently placed against my thigh throughout the remainder of the movie. People. Please. Be respectful of others when you go to the movies. Teach your kids (and yourselves if it applies, because I’ve had adults seat kick me as well) to keep their feet on the floor! Stay in your own seat!!!! And that guy with the elbow problem made me imagine I could morph into the Hulk or something and just pound him down through the ground! Uuuuuuuuuugh. My pressure was high. It was worse than when I reviewed Sunset Song. (Here’s my review. At least this time the experience was terrible but the movie was enjoyable and at least the irritants in that case were elderly people, and I could cut them some slack.)  The fact that I could enjoy this movie at all through all of these annoying distractions proved to me that this movie is absolutely worth a watch.

Thank you for reading. You can scroll down, enter your email address to subscribe to bloopbymimi, and never miss a review or follow me on twitter @bloopbymimi1 

Bloops:

1   =   worst ever, avoid at all cost
2   =   very bad, forget about it!
3   =   poor movie, not recommended
4   =   not good, even for free – NO!
5   =   so-so, worth it if you don’t have to pay
6   =   not bad, could have been better
7   =   good movie, worth seeing
8   =   great movie, don’t miss it!
9   =   excellent movie, a must see!
10 =   a masterpiece, go see it now!

What I’m seeing/reviewing next…

Love, Simon

Other Reviews

Ready Player One
Lady Bird
I, Tonya
The Florida Project
Black Panther
Molly’s Game
The Post
Phantom Thread
Den of Thieves
All the Money in the World
Coco
The Greatest Showman
The Disaster Artist
Call Me By Your Name
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Shape of Water
Marshall
The Man Who Invented Christmas
Victoria and Abdul
Thor: Ragnarok
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Mother!
It
Good Time
Atomic Blonde
Dunkirk
Girls Trip
Spider-Man: Homecoming
The Big Sick
Baby Driver
All Eyez on Me 
It Comes at Night 
The Wedding Plan 
Wonder Woman
Everything, everything
Raw
Kong: Skull Island
Logan
The Girl with All the Gifts
A Cure for Wellness 
Get Out
Hidden Figures
Fences
Moonlight
Hell or High Water
Loving
La La Land
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
Nocturnal Animals
Captain Fantastic
Elle
Jackie
I Am Not Your Negro
The Lobster

Lady Bird (R)

Written and directed by Greta Gerwig, and starring Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird is a coming of age story about a young girl who is artistically inclined, but lacks support from her emotionally crippled and emotionally crippling mother.

Not only have I known families that have suffered through worse hardships than these, I’ve gone through much worse. You gotta give me something more than “daddy lost his job,” even if he is the sole bread winner. It never came to a point in the movie where the family was on the brink of disaster, like losing the house, or daddy developed some sort of depression or a substance abuse problem behind his woes… I just wanted something more substantive to happen. As it is presented, Lady Bird depicts standard 1st world problems.

The fact that it takes place in Sacramento doesn’t help. It seemed to remove the circumstances even further from me, as I grew up in New York. I am not saying that I can only relate to movies that take place in New York, but Sacramento was like another character in this film because there was so much of it shown. You can tell Gerwig is from Sacramento and very sentimental about it, but this device of making the town another character can be tricky.  Sometimes it works, like in Manchester by the Sea, and sometimes it does not as in 20th Century Women. And it’s funny Lady Bird brought 20th Century Women to mind because a) Gerwig was in 20th Century Women and b) I didn’t care for that movie either. I found it unrelatable as it dealt with subject matter that has nothing to do with my life aside from the fact that we are all women. (By the by, here’s my review of 20th Century Women, if you don’t believe how much I disliked it.)

That being said, the toxic mother/daughter relationship was painful to watch at times. I was my mother’s 7th child, so by the time I came along all the rules were out the window and she just pretty much left me to my own devices. Thankfully, I was a semi-smart kid, capable of figuring things out on my own, for the most part; but when I had my own daughter I figured out how to improve on my mother’s model. I have never heard anyone’s mother speak to their child the way Lady Bird’s mother speaks to her. I have literally heard mothers curse their children out (not without good reason, mind you; all out of love and in the name of protection and survival), and it still didn’t come across as particularly abusive and mean-spirited. I’ll chalk that up to cultural differences, I guess.

Laurie Metcalf is outstanding in this role of this terribly unsupportive, insensitive, mean, confidence-deflating, bullying mother, and she cries at one point, but we never get to see any changes in who she is, nor do we get to see the relationship between her and her daughter evolve. Their relationship is just a sad soup of dysfunction that is interrupted by Lady Bird going off to college. Lady Bird is just a typical teen figuring out who she is and trying to achieve autonomy. She did have to overcome her domineering mother to succeed, but even that just wasn’t enough to keep me invested in these characters or this story.

Lady Bird earned 5 out of 10 bloops. I just really could not relate to the characters or the story. Metcalf was a far more interesting character than Lady Bird. I’m happy Gerwig got her film made and it is mostly well received. It just wasn’t my cup of tea. Everything is not for everybody and this movie was not for me.

Thank you for reading. You can scroll all the way down to the bottom of this page, hit the “follow” button and enter your email address to subscribe to bloopbymimi, and never miss a review; or you can follow me on twitter (which I must get more savvy with and active on!) @bloopbymimi1

 Bloops:

1   =   worst ever, avoid at all cost
2   =   very bad, forget about it!
3   =   poor movie, not recommended
4   =   not good, even for free – NO!
5   =   so-so, worth it if you don’t have to pay
6   =   not bad, could have been better
7   =   good movie, worth seeing
8   =   great movie, don’t miss it!
9   =   excellent movie, a must see!
10 =   a masterpiece, go see it now!

What I’m seeing/reviewing next…

A Wrinkle In Time – I’ve not read the book and was debating whether to do so before seeing the movie. I’m going to pass and see if this movie is good enough to make me want to read the book. I read Girl on the Train before seeing the movie and it totally ruined for me. Yes. I know. The book is usually better than the movie, but I want my mind to be clear to critique the movie on its own merits, not how closely it followed the book, or picking over what was added or left out. So that’s how I’m going to play it. I didn’t get to see it in previews, so that will be up Friday.

Other Reviews

I, Tonya
The Florida Project
Black Panther
Molly’s Game
The Post
Phantom Thread
Den of Thieves
All the Money in the World
Coco
The Greatest Showman
The Disaster Artist
Call Me By Your Name
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Shape of Water
Marshall
The Man Who Invented Christmas
Victoria and Abdul
Thor: Ragnarok
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Mother!
It
Good Time
Atomic Blonde
Dunkirk
Girls Trip
Spider-Man: Homecoming
The Big Sick
Baby Driver
All Eyez on Me 
It Comes at Night 
The Wedding Plan 
Wonder Woman
Everything, everything
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Raw
Kong: Skull Island
Logan
The Girl with All the Gifts
A Cure for Wellness 
Get Out
Hidden Figures
Fences
Moonlight
Hell or High Water
Loving
La La Land
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
Nocturnal Animals
Captain Fantastic
Elle
Jackie
I Am Not Your Negro
The Lobster

The Florida Project (R)

Starring Willem Dafoe and newcomers Bria Vinaite, Brooklynn Prince, The Florida Project attempts to tell the story of six year old Moonee, who is growing up in an unstable, single parent home with an unstable mother, with little to no supervision. Moonee’s life is so fragile, as she always seems to be in danger, somehow.

This movie is frightening to watch at times. A six year old and her not much older friends, left to their own devices to roam the streets of Florida without any adult supervision on a daily basis causes the imagination to roam as you consider every bad thing that could happen to these children.  On the other hand, it was also good to see and remember a time when kids went out to play on their own. I did it. Not when I was six though! It becomes suspenseful because my parental mind was just waiting to see what would happen to these wild, roaming, mostly bored, poorly trained children. As a parent, it’s like watching a very stressful horror movie. Sean Baker did a wonderful job co-writing and directing.

Willem Dafoe is the manager at the temporary hotel where Moonee and her mom “live.” They have to leave after 29 days for some period of time each month so they do not establish “residency” and become difficult to evict. Dafoe does some of the best acting I’ve seen on screen from a veteran actor at his level in a while. There was no “phoning it in.” This is difficult and sensitive subject matter and he portrays this man with separate loyalties to his job and the people he is charged with monitoring at this transient hotel. He seems to have compassion for them, but cannot become too entangled in their mess because he has a job to do.

I personally find it incredible that Bria Vinaite was not nominated for Best Supporting Actress. This woman went from posting videos on Instagram to starring in her first feature film. She may be a “newbie,” but she does for this movie what Frances McDormand does for Three Billboards. She breathes life into this role and this film, playing this complex, flawed character, that you just feel so very sorry for. Even at times when terrible things are happening in this character’s life, she finds ways to make it bearable, even at times enjoyable, for her daughter. She also finds many ways to make a bad situation worse. She is just so human and imperfect. Despite her being a failure as a mother in so many ways, she will make you feel sympathy toward her, and then repel you – sometimes simultaneously. Although she is under educated, poor, has unstable housing and very little impulse control; like every other parent, she does the best she can with what she knows at the time. And she doesn’t know much. Her character is so interesting, you can only imagine what the back story on her family is. Why did she have no help? I imagined some of the most tragic things having happened to her to cause her to behave the way she does. She’s so emotionally unstable, perhaps the family tried to help and couldn’t deal with her issues. No one could blame them if that is the case. She’s like a bomb just waiting for any reason to go off, even lashing out at those who are trying to help her. She is the personification of the saying, hurt people hurt people. And Vinaite’s performance is powerful.

The Florida Project earned 7.5 out of 10 bloops. It is a good movie worth seeing, mainly because of Vinaite’s performance. Also, it will make you grateful for everything you have, including common sense (if you have it), basic education (if you have it), a support system/family (if you have one), a permanent home (if you’ve got one), a mother (or having had) who raised you with some nurturing and encouragement and fed you, clothed you, made sure you were clean, etc. Take nothing for granted. The Academy truly snubbed one great performance.

Thank you for reading. You can scroll all the way down to the bottom of this page, hit the “follow” button and enter your email address to subscribe to bloopbymimi, and never miss a review; or you can follow me on twitter (which I must get more savvy with and active on!) @bloopbymimi1

 Bloops:

1   =   worst ever, avoid at all cost
2   =   very bad, forget about it!
3   =   poor movie, not recommended
4   =   not good, even for free – NO!
5   =   so-so, worth it if you don’t have to pay
6   =   not bad, could have been better
7   =   good movie, worth seeing
8   =   great movie, don’t miss it!
9   =   excellent movie, a must see!
10 =   a masterpiece, go see it now!

What I’m seeing/reviewing next…

A Wrinkle In Time – I’ve not read the book and was debating whether to do so before seeing the movie. I’m going to pass and see if this movie is good enough to make me want to read the book. I read Girl on the Train before seeing the movie and it totally ruined for me. Yes. I know. The book is usually better than the movie, but I want my mind to be clear to critique the movie on its own merits, not how closely it followed the book, or picking over what was added or left out. So that’s how I’m going to play it. I didn’t get to see it in previews, so that will be up Friday.

Other Reviews

I, Tonya
Black Panther
Molly’s Game
The Post
Phantom Thread
Den of Thieves
All the Money in the World
Coco
The Greatest Showman
The Disaster Artist
Call Me By Your Name
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Shape of Water
Marshall
The Man Who Invented Christmas
Victoria and Abdul
Thor: Ragnarok
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Mother!
It
Good Time
Atomic Blonde
Dunkirk
Girls Trip
Spider-Man: Homecoming
The Big Sick
Baby Driver
All Eyez on Me 
It Comes at Night 
The Wedding Plan 
Wonder Woman
Everything, everything
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Raw
Kong: Skull Island
Logan
The Girl with All the Gifts
A Cure for Wellness 
Get Out
Hidden Figures
Fences
Moonlight
Hell or High Water
Loving
La La Land
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge

I, Tonya (R)

Starring Margot Robbie and Allison Janny, I, Tonya is a biopic about the life of former ice skater, Tanya Harding and, of course, the events leading up to and surrounding the 1994 attack on her competitor, Nancy Kerrigan, as told from Harding’s perspective. Billed as a biography, comedy, drama, this movie is a dark comedy that hits many notes.

Robbie does an outstanding job as Tonya, and even manages to makes you feel sorry for her, at times, despite the fact that Kerrigan was/is the victim here. Harding’s tough and hostile mother, poor upbringing, deferred dreams, anger issues, and the physical abuse in her marriage, all make you feel for the poor little talented girl who seemed to be on the cusp of greatness, only to have it slip away, over and over – culminating in the final defeat when Harding was stripped of her U.S. title and banned from the sport for life following the attack on Kerrigan. Tonya still contends to this day that she had no knowledge beforehand of the attack, but as someone who remembers that attack very well, as entertaining as Harding’s account of the story may be, I can tell you – nobody bought that story then and nobody is buying it now girl. At least, not I. Regardless of what Tonya knew, she was a fine ice skater and the first American woman to complete a triple axel in an international competition. Robbie earned her Oscar nomination just by virtue of the fact that she learned how to ice skate well enough to emulate a championship skater in three months time. That is dedication to one’s craft!

Allison Janny is so amusing in this role. The wig, those clothes, the glasses – all create this monster mom persona that no matter how serious she was, I couldn’t help but laugh at the things she did and said. Even when the movie gets heavy, Janny is there for some serious-type comic relief in otherwise unfunny situations. With all her shortcomings, Tonya’s mother at least acknowledged her daughter’s talent at an early age and pushed for her to succeed by any means she could. A bit less perfect than most far-from-perfect parents, it seemed she did the best she could with what she knew at the time. She is absolutely the star of the show.

The script, by Steven Rogers, is well written. The story held my interest all the way through the movie as it reveals many things about Tonya Harding I never knew. It just goes to show, you never know what anyone is going through. Tonya had all of this chaos in her life, but managed to skate like an angel. On the surface, you would never have guessed all that was going on behind the scenes. While the story didn’t make me particularly sympathetic toward Tonya, it did manage to humanize her after being looked at as some sort of evil monster for so many years, at the very least.

The hair, makeup, styling/wardrobe and set design, all help to give this movie a mockumentary feel and lend to the comedy and the drama. Tatiana S. Regal‘s editing of Robbie skating is phenomenal. You would think she really completed a triple axel, when we all know she didn’t!

I, Tonya earned 8 out of 10 bloops. It’s got humor, drama, conflict and moments of triumph and failure. It is well acted, shot, styled, edited and directed. The biography, comedy and drama are interwoven in a smart and entertaining way, making I,Tonya a great movie that is worth seeing.

Thank you for reading. You can scroll all the way down to the bottom of this page, hit the “follow” button and enter your email address to subscribe to bloopbymimi, and never miss a review; or you can follow me on twitter (which I must get more savvy with and active on!) @bloopbymimi1

Bloops:

1   =   worst ever, avoid at all cost
2   =   very bad, forget about it!
3   =   poor movie, not recommended
4   =   not good, even for free – NO!
5   =   so-so, worth it if you don’t have to pay
6   =   not bad, could have been better
7   =   good movie, worth seeing
8   =   great movie, don’t miss it!
9   =   excellent movie, a must see!
10 =   a masterpiece, go see it now!

What I’m seeing/reviewing next…

A Wrinkle In Time – I’ve not read the book and was debating whether to do so before seeing the movie. I’m going to pass and see if this movie is good enough to make me want to read the book. I read Girl on the Train before seeing the movie and it totally ruined for me. Yes. I know. The book is usually better than the movie, but I want my mind to be clear to critique the movie on its own merits, not how closely it followed the book, or picking over what was added or left out. So that’s how I’m going to play it. I didn’t get to see it in previews, so that will be up Friday.

Other Reviews

The Florida Project
Black Panther
Molly’s Game
The Post
Phantom Thread
Den of Thieves
All the Money in the World
Coco
The Greatest Showman
The Disaster Artist
Call Me By Your Name
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Shape of Water
Marshall
The Man Who Invented Christmas
Victoria and Abdul
Thor: Ragnarok
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Mother!
It
Good Time
Atomic Blonde
Dunkirk
Girls Trip
Spider-Man: Homecoming
The Big Sick
Baby Driver
All Eyez on Me 
It Comes at Night 
The Wedding Plan 
Wonder Woman
Everything, everything
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Raw
Kong: Skull Island
Logan
The Girl with All the Gifts
A Cure for Wellness 
Get Out
Hidden Figures
Fences
Moonlight
Hell or High Water
Loving
La La Land
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
Nocturnal Animals
Captain Fantastic
Elle
Jackie
I Am Not Your Negro
The Lobster