I, Tonya

Cert: 15 Runtime: 119 mins Director: Craig Gillespie Cast: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Julianne Nicholson, Caitlin Carver and Paul Walter Hauser

You fuck dumb. You don’t marry dumb.

Margot Robbie has received wide acclaim for I, Tonya. Tonya Harding is someone I know little about, but I have heard a few crazy stories. All I have gathered from the trailers is that it’s like The Wolf of Wall Street. So what is it all about you ask? Based on the unbelievable but true events, I, TONYA is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie), and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan (Caitlin Carver).

The film is sort of told from a mockumentary perspective as if key characters are being interviewed. The film also utilises breaking the fourth wall where characters in a scene would talk to the audience. I thought this was interesting and separates itself from being a standard biopic and gives this film a real comedic depth. Some wonder why the film was made but it kind of helps you identify with Tonya. She suffered physical and psychological abuse from both her foul mouthed mother and her rage filled husband. Her hands may not be completely clean in what happens to Nancy Kerrigan, but she is also just a victim of circumstances. The first-hour is solid & gets into Tonya’s world & the people involved with a wicked sense of humour. The second-hour is a little disappointing & overlong, and the sub-plot involving the 1994 attack on Nancy Kerrigan, Harding’s rival and Olympic teammate, offers less impact. The Writing isn’t always compelling & takes away some glory from the film, overall.

Normally, actresses got an Oscar for emotional performances, and without any doubt, Margot does brilliant emotional acting in the movie “I, Tonya”. But at the same time, you also have to consider the difficulty of the physical performances.Allison Janney was just as good. Sure it already was a showy part to begin with but Janney even put something on top. You never knew if you should just straight up hate her or if there is something good in her. Very cynical, very sarcastic performance. Does the film excuse Harding’s behaviours or paint her out to be a victim? Not really and if it had, the film would have been a waste of time. What it does do is help you at least understand who she was and why she did what she did as she was more than just an intense competitor.

7.7/10

 

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