I, Tonya Review
Craig Gillespie brings to screen the complex chronicle of disgraced Olympian Tonya Harding in I, Tonya bringing to light each side of the story yet still allowing the audience to be their own judge.
I, Tonya is based on a unbelievable yet true story of 1990’s Tonya Harding who was one of the most promising figure skaters on the scene. She was the first women to complete a triple axel in a short program, the first to achieve two of them in a single competition, and to do a triple axel combination ending with a double toe loop. She was the new American prodigy, but everything went down hill in 1994. Her legacy was not that of setting sports history but instead the sensational scandal that followed her association on an attack on a fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan.
The film follows the story of Tonya’s rise to stardom and her fall from grace after it was found that she was involved in the attack. The audience watches in sheer anticipation as the story unfolds through the eyes of the different characters.
Craig Gillespie has woven together each characters separate storylines to create a entertaining and enthralling film which has the attention of the spectator from the beginning. He’s managed to capture the essence of tragedy yet still keep the film funny and upbeat.
One of the most unique aspects of this film is the way in which it follows the relationships between the characters, in particular that of Tonya portrayed by Margot Robbie and her mother, LaVona Fay Golden portrayed by Allison Janney. It’s an intense and disturbing journey throughout and their portrayal has been hailed as flawless. Both actresses are accomplished and incredibly talented and their portrayal of Tonya and LaVona earned them both Oscar nominations.
Robbie’s interpretation of Tonya Harding goes beyond just the expertise skating, the awful perms and the fantastic costume instead it’s the scrappy defiance of the American dream which draws the audience to Tonya as a moth to a flame. You’ll find yourself falling and rooting for her character despite her incredibly obvious flaws.
It’s a compelling movie and I recommend a trip to the cinema to catch it soon. However, if you like a film with a conclusive ending this is not the one for you. It can leave you frustrated as you do not get a real resolution to the story but nonetheless it’s a film which will leave you wanting more with it’s dark, comedic and satirical edge.
I, Tonya is in the theatres now.