Athlete A
Director: Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk

Release Date: June 24, 2020

Biggest takeaways from Athlete A:

  • This documentary is a dreadful must watch. Again, entering with only a basic understanding of what happened, Athlete A shines a bright spotlight on the major atrocities and negligent behaviors by way too many involved.
  • There are two supremely powerful scenes in this documentary; for one, when it’s illustrated how Maggie Nichols was denied a part of the 2016 Olympic team because she reported Larry Nassar for his actions. The bombastic applause of the entire Olympic team being announced and the voice over illuminating the true hidden horror that Nichols is dealing with. It is scary to think about those thousands in the crowd cheering on the coaches and Nassar himself be association…but also the idea that they are cheering on the young women who were living with a hidden burden and giving them strength and a reason to not let the evil totally consume them. It is too hard to put into a simple thought, but the scene itself is provoking. A second remarkable seen comes to right at the films conclusion; when all the victims speak in front of Nassar in court. It had me sniffling because it was so sad and so inspiring. It is powerful for an obvious reason.
  • I personally love a good journalism behind the scenes type story. Part of why I loved Bad Education, but this featuring the voice of those from the Indianapolis Star who truly unraveled the case is cool as hell. If I have any gripe with Athlete A, the reporters expositional candidate recordings are a little too obviously staged, but that is nothing more than a tiny nothing.
  • Can we also talk about how good this Athlete A poster is? It is just really simple and perfect.

Stanko Rating: A (4.5/5 Stars)

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