Sometimes, what goes up comes down hard. This documentary features candid interviews with Lance Armstrong, his family and former teammates about his battle with testicular cancer, Tour de France victories and dramatic downfall after being exposed in a widespread doping scandal.
A bad person who does bad things
Lance - a two part documentary about the rise and fall of seven time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. I didn't get into cycling until after Armstrong's reign as TDF winner and his infamous confession about doping on the Oprah Wimphrey show. Now - after spending over 3 hours in his company, I don't like the guy. It feels to me as if he's trying to deflect blame for his actions. To allow himself a new career (which is already happening as a cycling commentator on US radio. It feels like that - in his eyes - it is his road to redemption. I didn't know how to articulate how I felt about him until, towards the end of this often compelling doc his former team mate said "there are good people who do bad things, and there are bad people who do good things" and let's the viewer decide which category Lance belongs. My view is that he is a bad person who does bad things and I have zero sympathy for his demise. Yes - I'm sure there are reasons for his 'badness' - such as his tough paternal upbringing - but reasons are not excuses. I hope LA is not welcomed back to the public fray - he's all in it for himself, as I'm sure he's always been. A really interesting watch - 7.5 out of ten
- Feb 5, 2021
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