True stories should always be taken with a grain of salt, especially the more sensational ones like I, Tonya. Margot Robbie stars as the titular Tonya Harding, whose hopes for Olympic glory were nearly dashed by the assault of a fellow figure skater. Harding’s story was and is a pretty popular one. Here it is played as though her situation was the product of a tragic life and that she was the victim of circumstance, which may or may not be true. Robbie plays Harding with all her subtle mannerisms, while Sebastian Stan and Allison Janney shore up the supporting cast as Harding’s husband and mother respectively. There is a lot of bad blood between everyone in the film and though some was undoubtedly played up, I suspect that much of it was very real.
Suberb biography of a tragic victim of the American dream that offers some award-worthy performances.
Funnier than it should have been, this film was quite engaging and earns…
4 out of 5
4 thoughts on “I, Tonya – 2017”
Surprisingly exciting, given the material. Nice review.