Monday, April 20, 2009


"My Insanity is My Sanity" of the many powerful quotes spoken by Mike Tyson as he journeys through his life with writer/director, James Toback (Bugsy, Harvard Man)in the documentary, TYSON.

TYSON, a Sony Pictures Classic release and winner of the Regard Knockout Award at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival is solely narrated by the former champ himself. Mike recounts events and experiences starting from his childhood in Brooklyn, to his most recent troubles involving drug abuse, the fights, and all of the controversy in between; including his high-profile divorce from actress Robin Givens and his rape conviction in 1992.

Mike used no sugar to coat his honesty and delivery. Within the first 15 minutes, I was emotionally overwhelmed and wanted to hug the screen. From the film, I gathered that many of Mike's associates received a greater gain from being in his corner than he received from being Mike, the heavyweight champion. He was what people needed to advance their lives and career interests, and without reciprocity- combined with an unstable upbringing, he became a human shell of himself.

An additional highlight of the film was Mike's colorful way of using words. He used words that had a few of us navigating the internet to find their meaning; my favorite, SKULLDUGGERY (an instance of dishonest or deceitful behavior; trick).

I strongly recommend this film and will even go the distance and suggest it as learning material for the youth. The What Not To Do's and how to avoid taking unnecessary courses at the School of Hard Knocks. The language is strong and suggestive, but the overall message will balance out Mike's graphic way of delivering his life's truth.

The film is awesome. I promise you-- no SKULLDUGGERY in this review. :)

Movie in theaters: April 24th

Movie Trailer


1 comment:

MackDiva said...

Yay! I love the way you reviewed it. Excellent!