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I, Tonya (2017)
Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.
I had heard good things about this movie (in particular Margot Robbie’s performance, which is nominated for an Oscar), and I make an effort to see Oscar nominated movies before the ceremony, so last week we went.
I’m old enough to remember watching some of the Tonya Harding controversy on TV when it happened. I did not, however, know all the details. That said, the movie makes it clear that we’ll never know exactly what happened in her private life, her ex-husband, mother and Tonya herself all said different things, so we are left to make up our own mind. As this is a true story I’m going to talk about it, so I guess stop reading if you don’t want to know.
Robbie is excellent, her best role to date. In my opinion though, still not Oscar worthy but certainly worth watching. Tonya had a rough life, an abusive mother and husband, not much money and faced a lot of discrimination from judges during her skating career. If the movie is accurate (and I’d say this part is) the worst part being her whole career was taken away from her over the attack on Nancy Carrigan and she was not responsible (or even knew it would be done).
Allison Janney also turns in a great performance, as does Sebastian Stan. The movie has great music and enough twists and turns to keep you full engaged. I never found it long and was honestly a little disappointed to see it end, I would have liked to know more about what Tonya has done since 1994. The fact that Robbie trained for the movie (and it’s hard to tell she isn’t doing any of the skating moves) is also impressive.
An excellent film that I really enjoyed. Certainly not for children, violence, language and mature themes. Despite the serious nature it finds some nice moments of levity and I found myself laughing or chuckling plenty of times. A solid 8.5 out of 10 from me and a big recommendation. Tonya Harding made mistakes, we all do but I think she deserves some credit for overcoming the obstacles she did and perhaps even a little sympathy for how she was demonized in the media. Until next time!