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As docu-dramas go, not bad. It is very hard to find 'region 2' DVDs of any US athletic champion's biopic, even to stream.
I barely knew anything about Simone Biles (I've since seen the Gabby Douglas story and was impressed by both films). I was interested to see how a bonafide mega-champion came to be. The story is well told with lots of impressive gymnastics. You have to admire her, her parents and her coach. The practical challenges, discouragements and whole psychological journey are as interesting as the physical development. And I liked how the gradual improvement was so well shown: The final scenes showing Ms Biles' olympic performances surprise, as a spectacular step-up from all that went before; delightful. The journey though all the build up this film offers, earns the viewer a much deeper understanding of what those final amazing feats really took to achieve. I've not been in such awe since Nadia Comaneci (and she had less height and complexity in her moves)
Cloud Atlas (2012)
Absolutely Amazing, in so many ways
If I had to pick Oscar for 'Best film ever', out of all the many greats, this would be on the shortlist and probably winner. It is great on many levels and consistently wonderful, original, intelligent and perceptive. It makes a rich and diverse multiverse and weaves the complex tapestry with a coherence, perceptive and incisive narrative. The result is not just a work of visual and narrative art but truly and deeply meaningful.
It is about character, values, truth, beauty, love, endurance, triumph-in-adversity. It uses classic formula with innovative energy, wit, and is without stereotypes. The historical and technological strands, side by side are unforced and feel perfectly balanced: The production values are gorgeous. How to adapt such a book, how to marry so perfectly, so many disparate narrative strands and contexts, was a work of genius. The use of 3 directors for separate epochs was very effective.
This is a film for all: Superficially it's as good as an adventure yarn, as a deeper meaningful study in human nature. It makes you sit up though: No one can miss it's quality or ignore it's originality. GREAT stuff. A top 10 of all time film, without a doubt
Ride Like a Girl (2019)
Masterful strong story telling
This is a wonderful film, very well put together and it tells a great true story. It has a big cast of rich characters, well played by great actors. Both Sam Neil and Teresa Palmer are global A list stars and they really shine. The story is full of heart and expresses it vividly and emphatically, well paced all the way through. It is full of lovely fine detail and thoughtful touches. The music is well matched thematically and moving. The work, challenge, strife, upsets and character are finely drawn and utterly credible. This feels like a top rate fully polished film, without a hint of any corners being cut at any level of production, yet it has none of Hollywood's excess. It does not feel, at all, like a directorial debut: Hats off to Rachel Griffiths, this one I want a copy for my library and to loan out to friends. RECOMMENDED