”It wasn’t my fault.”
The true story of how Olympic ice skater Tonya Harding became one of the most well-known people in the world, for all the wrong reasons.
I, Tonya is told from the perspective of Tonya Harding through recreations of interviews over the last 40 years. She always maintains her innocence and we get to see the (supposed) true story of what really went down.
Being a young kind in the early 90s, I wasn’t fully aware of everything that had happened between Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan. Up until seeing this film, I always believed the narrative that Tonya smashed Nancy’s knee with a lead pipe of some sort. This was incorrect, and I’m glad to know the truth.
This film’s writing is stellar and makes me feel like I’m getting the whole life experience of Tonya Harding. Better than the writing is the acting. Margot Robbie is phenomenal as Tonya; she is perfect for this role. Allison Janney steals the show with her tough love, foul-mouthed, hard working persona. I know Janney is getting a lot of press for this role, but I still think it’s underrated.
The other acting is passable by themselves, but without Robbie and Janney this movie would never leave the cutting room floor.
Before seeing I, Tonya I thought there would be less actual ice skating and more about her life outside of skating. I was wrong and that’s not a bad thing. Turns out, I, Tonya is a biopic that paints Tony Harding in a very good light.
This movie may also help victims in a abusive relationship see how things really look from the outside. Hopefully anyone going through that can find a way to get help.
Who should see this movie? Ice skating fans, people who follow(ed) the Harding/Kerrigan story, and viewers who like a good biopic with dark comedy.
Who shouldn’t see this movie? Viewers who do not like profanity or domestic violence, people who hate ice skating, and those who can’t find the humor in this story.
8.5 / 10 – I, Tonya is a fun, emotional, and riveting tale of one of the biggest news stories from the 90s.
Caution! Spoilers ahead.
What I did like
I, Tonya gave us a glimpse on what a real American family can be like. This seems to be a common theme of movies recently. The fighting, violence, conversations, and reactions all seemed very real to me, although I can’t speak from personal experience. Also, I can’t get over Margot Robbie’s performance. She plays Tonya beautifully and completely transforms into this very interesting person. My favorite parts our Tonya’s mother’s (played by Allison Janney) comments on Tonya’s life throughout the film. Classic lines like “You fuck dumb. You dont’ marry dumb.”
What I did not like
I felt the story telling could have been a tad better, which is why I only gave it an 8.5. I wanted more from the story than just the events leading up to “the incident”. We only got the usual text wrap-up after the historical event, but I wish we could see Margot Robbie play more of her life.