Movie review: 'I, Tonya' is a dark, comic take on life of skater Tonya Harding

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  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 8, 2018 6:08 p.m.

    Den Den: "Why does Hollywood presume to know what we, the public, want to see at the theaters?"

    Why does Detroit presume to know what we, the public, want to drive?
    Why does McDonald's presume to know what we, the public, want to eat?
    Why do builders presume to know what we, the public, want to live in?

    It's called a market. Make a product, put it up for sale, and see if anyone will buy it.

    That said, the bulk of Hollywood output is geared for mass tastes: comic book superheroes, established franchises like Star Wars and Fast and Furious, endless sequels, CGI explosions, car chases, action. That is really what the industry presumes you want to watch (and the public seems to oblige that presumption). However, there are parts of the market that want different fare (just as some prefer tacos to burgers) and astute studios cater to to them as well (that audience buys tickets, too). I would be less critical of Hollywood for taking a chance on a creative small film like "I, Tonya" or "Lady Bird" than for cranking out endlessly recycled formulaic lowest-common-denominator stuff that fills the multiplexes.

  • Den Den West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 5, 2018 11:34 a.m.

    Why does Hollywood presume to know what we, the public, want to see at the theaters?

    I hope this was a really low budget they worked with, I sense it won't do well at the box offices!