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.
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.