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I, Tonya - A Movie Review by Ms. H

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of

Introduction to I, Tonya - A Movie Review by Ms. H

The I, Tonya movie is loosely based on events that occurred relative to what happened between ice-skaters Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan in regards to the 1994 Winter Olympics.  I emphasize loosely, because in my opinion this movie was written based on an outlandish drama, with a few facts thrown in.

I, Tonya --  Docudrama Movie or a Movie Drama

If you watch I, Tonya and can get around the amount of profane language in this film, you may wonder if the events you see on the screen really happened. In my opinion I, Tonya, as a docudrama is not to be taken seriously.   By the way, the actor who won the Golden Globe for best supporting actress overacted her role. It is  odd to me Allison Janney actually won a Golden Globe for this part.  I noticed that the writers/directors took quite a bit of literary license to make this movie.  As I watched the I, Tonya movie I could not tell which actions were based on fact, or those that were done for pure so-called  “entertainment” value.

Flashbacks are the usual method to show the audience events that occurred in the past during a movie  - so flashbacks were not the problem.  However, the director apparently thought it was a good idea to have some of the actors actually talk to the audience during the movie.  This method, in my opinion, jolted you out of concentrating on what was going on in the movie and forced you to refocus on what he or she was saying about a particular scene.   For example during the movie when the action moved away from the mother, played by Allison Janney -- she said something to this effect to the audience -- “What happened to my storyline?”  There was other similar-type dialogue to the audience throughout the movie. I think it was a movie-fail as well as amateurish to have the actors chatter with the movie audience.

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Comedy Relief in I, Tonya Movie

There was an obese character in the movie who served as the comic relief.  I’m not sure if this was an actual character or not, but he performed adequately to make the audience laugh at some of his lines.  Even though Allison Janney who played the part of Tonya Harding's mother, had a lot of dialogue at the beginning of the movie including spewing out a lot of insults, for some reason, I believe  the director thought it was a good idea to have Tonya Harding belt some insults to the obese person during one of the scenes.  This part could have been eliminated, but I guess in the interest of trying to keep the audience “entertained”, it  was left in the movie.

I, Tonya - Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan

You may wonder if Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan were friends or even knew each other before the incident happened. The actress who played Tonya Harding, Margot Robbie said during the narration that they were friends.  However during the movie, instead of showing scenes to demonstrate the friendly relationship between Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding, the director put in one scene of them having a sleepover together. That was it.  I’m not sure if this actually happened, but I think the movie would have fared better if their relationship with each other was explored further, instead of the movie concentrating mostly on the obnoxious mother and Tony Harding’s abusive spouse.

Assessment of I, Tonya Movie

I think I, Tonya was released not to inform everyone  of what transpired  during the incident involving Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding but to try to “entertain” people by exaggerating events that may or may not have occurred. Instead of the big screen, I think this movie should have been shown on TV, netflix or other streaming services. The people who lived through the events shown in the movie probably let the writer/director have free reign on changing what happened to fit their agendas. Unfortunately, what could have been a quality movie was lost in the process.

Rating of I, Tonya Movie

Based on a  rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the best, I rate I Tonya one and one fourth (1 ¼) stars.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure - A Movie Review by Ms. H

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Introduction to Maze Runner:  The Death Cure - A Movie Review by Ms. H

The movie, Maze Runner: The Death Cure continues events that happened in the previous Maze Runner movies.  However, you do not have to watch the other movies in order to enjoy or keep up with Maze Runner: The Death Cure.  During the movie, there are a few flashbacks when actions are related to the other movies so you are not at a disadvantage by not having seen them.  I saw the previous movie, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials but not the one before it. Whether I saw or did not see the other Maze Runner movies did not add to or take away from my enjoyment of watching Maze Runner: The Death Cure movie.

Actions in Maze Runner: The Death Cure Movie

Maze Runner: The Death Cure movie delivered admirably in providing a movie that was not only action packed, but also the actions moved the story along.  By the way, the actions in the film, Maze Runner: The Death Cure were not your run of the mill car chases, etc. but much more attention-grabbing. Additionally, there were quite a few high-powered stunts that will keep your interest as well.

Actors in Maze Runner:  The Death Cure Movie

I like that just about all the previous actors from the other Maze Runner movies were also in this movie.  A plus was since the Maze Runner movies were not spaced many years apart from each other, the actors all looked just about the same as before. I especially liked that the main character in this movie continued to be played by Dylan O’Brien, who starred in the other Maze Runner movies.

Plot of Maze Runner: The Death Cure Movie

Simply put, Maze Runner: The Death Cure is about two groups of people -- one who has immunity against a vicious virus or plague, and the other who does not. The non-protected people want to capture the ones who are immune and use their blood, etc. to help save the rest of the populace. However, those that have already been infected, are ostracised from entering the city which is protected by a giant wall.  

You may start thinking about the morality of this, for example is it fine for those who are immune to try to protect themselves from being used and if it is ok for those who are not immune to seek out and use those to save others. To fully enjoy the movie, I would suggest putting aside judgements as to who is right or wrong in this movie, and just follow the movie’s actions including the sacrifices that were made to save certain members of the group who were captured.

Twists and Turns in the Plot of Maze Runner:  The Death Cure Movie

Spoiler Alert:  There was no big secrets revealed in Maze Runner: The Death Cure. As discussed above, the plot was straight-forward --  save those who were going to be destroyed through medical tests, etc.  by the factions in power.  Even though there were no twists or turns in the plot, I found the movie to be interesting mainly because of the various innovative techniques used to escape the enemies as well as the overall storyline.  Spoiler Alert:  There was also a level of suspense throughout the movie since you did not know who was going to make it through and who would not.  Of course, the exception was the star of the movie, Dylan O’Brien who you would probably expect to survive.

Coincidences or Chance Meetings in Maze Runner:  The Death Cure.

Sometimes in real life you may meet someone you haven’t seen for a while, just by being at a certain place at a particular time -- but purely by chance. However, in this movie, it seemed highly unlikely to me that a couple would meet accidentally in a crowded location -- just by chance.  Also it seemed that at the most opportune moments when you thought the group would be cornered or caught, somehow, either an aerial vehicle or someone would show up it seemed out of nowhere to save them.  Unfortunately everyone was not saved, but since I would like you to see Maze Runner: The Death Cure, I will not divulge who was and was not saved.  Again, these chance meetings, etc. did not negatively affect my overall enjoyment of the movie, Maze Runner: The Death Cure.

Choice of Who Survived in Maze Runner:  The Death Cure

If you watch  the film, Maze Runner: The Death Cure you may attempt to predict who will survive and who will not.  Even though you may not be able to resist the urge to pick and choose, I believe the movie will be more enjoyable to you if you just go with the flow of how the movie and the characters are played out. In other words, keep your mind open as to what may happen in the movie Maze Runner:  The Death Cure.


Assessment of  Maze Runner:  The Death Cure

Usually at the end of a really good superhero type movie such as The Avengers or other well written and directed movies, you may hear a smattering of applause here and there as the audience expresses their satisfaction of the movie.  Of course this depends on the movie and the audience; however, when I saw Maze Runner: The Death Cure I witnessed the audience clapping at the end of the movie.  This action did not influence my review of the movie: however, I will share with you that I also clapped.

The movie lasts about 2 hours and 23 minutes, but because of all the actions, explosions, drama (yes, there was drama) as well as suspense in the movie, it did not seem to last that long.  It was interesting to me that as I watched Maze Runner: The Death Cure, I knew I was going to do a movie review, so I fluctuated back and forth on the number of stars I was going to give it.  However, by the end of the movie, I knew Maze Runner: The Death Cure deserved a good movie rating, not necessarily due to the acting skills of the actors, but because of the imaginative movie story that, in my opinion, was executed very well.

Rating of The Maze Runner:  The Death Cure

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars, with 5 stars being the highest, I rate Maze Runner: The Death Cure 4 stars.

12 Strong - A Movie Review by Ms. H

Disclaimer:  The views expressed in 12 Strong - A Movie Review by Ms. H are mine alone and do not represent those of

Introduction to 12 Strong - A Movie Review by Ms. H

Before seeing the movie 12 Strong, I was unaware it was related to the tragedy that happened on 9/11.  I was under the impression the movie was about a group of 12 men who fought together in a war. The movie is about this, but the impetus behind the war was the tragic events that occurred on 9/11.  The movie, 12 Strong was based on 12 heroic men who fought in this war but unfortunately, they were not honored publicly.  However, their actions are showcased in the docudrama movie 12 Strong.  

Acting Skills Displayed in the 12 Strong Movie

The 12 Strong movie stars Chris Hemsworth better known for playing Thor, God of Thunder. In fact Chris Hemsworth recently starred in the blockbuster movie Thor: Ragnarok. Obviously, The 12 Strong movie was quite different from the Marvel superhero film.  In the 12 Strong movie, Chris Hemsworth plays the part of the Captain who is the leader of 11 other war comrades while Thor:Ragnarok is a superhero movie.  That being said,  I give kudos to Chris Hemsworth for shedding the image of Thor while playing this role, and I think he performed adequately in carrying as well as starring in the movie, 12 Strong.

Pros of the 12 Strong Movie

The 12 Strong  movie scores high on realism.  In fact, the 12 Strong movie may remind you of previous well-acted and directed war movies such as  Black Hawk Down and others. Speaking of Black Hawk Down, I saw this movie a few years ago,and I still remember the intensity of some of the war scenes. In my opinion, i think the 12 Strong movie is to be recognized for the realism of the war scenes comparable to this movie as well as other noteworthy war films.

I believe the writers and director did a good job of showing the comradery among the group of 12 men who fought in this war.  During some scenes in the movie, you will hear light banter between the members of the group.  Looking back on the movie, I do not recall any fracases or huge disagreements between the 12 men.  It was clear to me the men were there to get the job done under the leadership of their Captain, played by Chris Hemsworth and were focused on their mission.

The background music of  the 12 Strong movie complemented the war images shown on the screen. I was impressed by the accompanying music as well as the various sound effects that went perfectly with the movie.

I liked that 12 Strong embodied the use of horses which to me was odd for a modern-era war movie.  However, since 12 Strong is a docudrama, I think it is interesting to know these events actually took place, and horses were used during this particular war.

Cons of the 12 Strong Movie

I was not a fan of the forced suspense that I noticed in the movie 12 Strong, including instances where you may think the characters were in grave danger.  Of course since 12 Strong is a movie, some scenes may have been tweaked for dramatic effect.  I will not spoil the movie by providing the details, but it was strange to me that in one of the scenes the actor seemed to be severely injured to the point of passing out; however, in the next scene and within seconds, he is up again fighting the war with nary a scratch.

Also, Chris Hemsworth’s look changed a lot especially during some of the war scenes which was possible, but again, I think the art department went a little overboard with his facial makeup when he was deep in war.  If you see the movie, 12 Strong, you will know what I’m referring to.

The title of the movie -- 12 Strong is not true to the letter; even though the 12 Strong were the core group who fought in this particular war.  By titling the film 12 Strong, I think the writer and directors were not really misleading you about the movie; however, once you see the movie, you will realize they had help along the way with fighting the war.

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Assessment of the 12 Strong Movie

As I mentioned earlier, Chris Hemsworth is known for playing Thor, The God of Thunder in the Marvel superhero movies.  The 12 Strong movie was a major change for him in character-acting and in my opinion, he succeeded in making the transition.  I would classify 12 Strong as a good movie and one that I think will keep your interest.

Rating of the 12 Strong Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the best, I rate the 12 Strong movie four and one-half  (4 ½)  stars.

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