Hello fellow viewers, and a Happy New Year! I hope that you all are doing well. I have decided to review one of my favorite films of 2017. Now, grab some popcorn, and let’s begin!
I, Tonya Rated: R (Released October 19, 2017 in USA)
Directed by: Craig Gillespie
Written by: Steven Rogers
Starring: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, and Allison Janney
Genre: Sports, Drama, Dark Comedy, Biography
Running Time: 1hr 59 min
I,Tonya is a shockingly raw true story of the infamous ice skater, Tonya Harding (played by Margot Robbie). It also describes the controversy behind the Nancy Kerrigan incident. The film switches between documentary style and scripted lines. It begins with Tonya’s childhood, and the tumultuous relationship with her mother. Her father left her at a young age, and Tonya got along extremely well with him. From the very start, LaVona Golden, (played by Allison Janney), is portrayed as an oppressive and “rage- inducing” tyrant, with little to no respect of her daughter. She also is a very heavy drinker, and has a major chain smoking problem. She gives off such an amazing performance that the hatred towards her seems legit. Tonya is obsessed with ice skating, and is forced to a class at age 4. Ice Skating comes naturally to Tonya, and she becomes her captain’s best student. As a teenager, Tonya meets her soon to be husband, Jeff, (played by Sebastian Stan). Stan is not well known as an actor, but puts on an absolutely fantastic performance. Jeff starts out as a seemingly normal guy, until he starts to verbally and physically abuse her. Tonya gets into a brutal confrontation with her mother which ends with Tonya getting a knife at her arm. She moves in with Jeff, and this is when things start going south. When Tonya starts to go to competitions, she develops a major ego, and this eventually leads to her downfall. After a bad stint with the judges, Tonya fires her coach and stupidly marries Jeff. During the wedding, Tonya gets badmouthed by her mother, who criticizes her for marrying young. She performs a triple Axel, a never before done skating move and becomes known as the best figure skater in the world. Next, Jeff and Tonya’s already fractured marriage reaches a terrifying crescendo when he smashes her head into a glass door. She leaves him, and hangs out with her friend and fellow competitor, Nancy Kerrigan. She soon reconciles with Jeff, and begins skating poorly. Life gets even worse with Jeff, who, surprisingly becomes even more abusive, threatening her with guns and verbal bashing. She finally does the right thing, and divorces the monster, and files a restraining order on him. The “Incident” comes up next, but I will leave it at that as not to spoil anything else. In conclusion, I, Tonya is a fantastic Black Comedy that dives into the dark and controversial life of one of the most infamous figure skaters that ever lived. It also shows the murky underbelly of competition and sports in general.
Final Verdict: 9.0-10 (Excellent)