I, Tonya is a bio-pic following the life of world-renowned figure skater, Tonya Harding (portrayed by Margot Robbie). In 1991, she became the first female figure skater to land a triple axel. By 1994, her world comes crashing down to the sound of rival Nancy Kerrigan’s knee breaking.
Well, turns out breaking was a little dramatic, it was badly bruised. It was still an horrific attack either way. Speculation never died with this story as people were convinced Harding was involved in her ex-husband and bodyguard’s plot to injure Kerrigan.
The film is an interesting take on the story. I did my research before seeing this film and wasn’t convinced of either sides truth to their involvements of the infamous attack on that fateful day in 1994.
I’m not usually one for bio-pics, but I do love figure skating which is what piqued my interest in this one. Margot Robbie did a fantastic job portraying Harding. She was a b*tch with a lot of underlying issues which were explored in great depth. An abusive mother and husband give her story a more sympathetic edge, but she couldn’t escape the enormity of the event that lead to her skating demise.
Ex-boyfriend, Jeff Gilloly is portrayed by Sebastian Stan in another incredible show of his acting talent. He’s an abusive asshole throughout the film and you see many instances of domestic abuse.
Therefore, I’d warn people who may be a survivor of abuse, or not keen on violence, to go in only if you’re mentally prepared to witness such scenes. They are brutal and sickening.
In my opinion, Tonya’s mother, LaVona Golden (Allison Janney) was the worst character based on the fact she’s a disgusting person… But Allison Janney’s performance was astounding. Golden made some incredibly dark, but funny remarks. The comedic timing was excellent.
The bio-pic is an intense, gritty take on the story with a dash of dark humour. But it felt like it missed something for me. I believe it could have been the fact it was done in an interview format because of it being based on ‘real interviews’ with the actual people. I feel that didn’t really appeal to me.
It ended at the right time because any longer and it would have quickly become boring. I’d give this film a solid 3.5/5 and recommend others to go see it. It’s a worth a watch!
More details about Harding’s/Kerrigan’s story can be found here.
Until next time,