Based on the unbelievable but true events, I, TONYA is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan. Featuring an iconic turn by Margot Robbie as the fiery Harding, a mustachioed Sebastian Stan as her impetuous ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, a tour-de-force performance from Allison Janney as her acid-tongued mother, LaVona Golden, and an original screenplay by Steven Rogers, Craig Gillespie’s I, TONYA is an absurd, irreverent, and piercing portrayal of Harding’s life and career in all of its unchecked––and checkered––glory.
~ I, Tonya | NEON Rated
OMG! After seeing this movie, how can anyone blame sweet Tonya for anything. I thought my life was bad! Tonya should have received a gold medal just for surviving that mess. Was not crazy about Margot Robbie’s performance, as much as I loved Allison Janney, and as good as Allison’s performance was, I think Paul Walter Hauser’s performance as Shawn was equally Oscar-worthy!
I could identify with Tonya’s banishment from U.S. Olympics; I had a similar experience on a job. We were both, technically, wrong and as I have recently learned from Les Misérables (1935), the law is absolute. I loved Tonya’s defiant attitude towards the biased judges….son’s of bitches! I had no idea this was supposed to be a comedic tale. There were times when I wanted to bust out laughing, but the line from Judge Judy, “The people are real” kept popping up in my head.
I was on Tonya’s side after watching this movie, but now that it is being touted as “darkly comedic,” once again, I have no idea what to believe.
From visionary director Tim Burton, and based upon the best-selling novel, comes an unforgettable motion picture experience. When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is.
~ Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children
Wow! I was not expecting such an involved plot, much less one that I found expertly presented in this peculiar movie. Just like the X-men, I enjoy movies about people with special powers and this movie delivered. There is a time element in this movie, but it is so played down, that it did not affect my enjoyment of the movie.
I found Jake (Asa Butterfield) quite attractive in a Topher Grace, Jesse Eisenberg, Shia la Beouf kind of way. Other actors of note include Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench, Rupert Everett and Allison Janney.
Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency’s most dangerous missions. But when her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid and another top agent (Jason Statham) is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global disaster.
Source: Official Movie Website
The story was cohesive and up to par for my entertainment preferences. There was a lot of humor and the movie was also very action-packed, which kind of surprised me.
I really like Melissa McCarthy, finding her very humorous, in the style of Lucille Ball. Surprisingly, I thought Jason Statham was just as funny as Melissa. I thought Jude Law was very attractive. I recognized Allison Janney from Mom, which I catch on television once in a while. Finally, I liked Rose Byrne’s character and the interaction between her and Melissa.
OMG! I almost forgot the most interesting thing about the movie…there was penis – albeit, fake in my opinion – in the movie! I have been celibate since August 2007, so I am very happy when I have an opportunity to see some penis.