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Based on the unbelievable but true events, I, Tonya is a dark 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 and poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan. Featuring an iconic turn by Margot Robbie as the fiery Harding, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, 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.
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I would really like to see Allison Janney get an Oscar for supporting actress.
Tonya was doomed from birth. Her mother is a sociopath and her father is a coward.
The skating association like most sports is corrupt, rigged, racist, sexist and classist.
The media (HardCopy) is like any other slime ball media. They had her truck towed and vandalized to get a reaction from Tonya, it’s vile.
Her husband and body guard seem to be inbred rejects. I tottaly believe they “mastermind” the incident and I tottaly believe Tonya thought they were simply going to send threatening letters to scare Nancy K.
I like the end of the movie when Tonya is knocked out in boxing and gets back up and continues to fight. Anyone who comes from poverty or abuse can relate to that.
I see you in a new light Tonya Harding and I can see that the media and movie industry has complete brain washing power over the public.
There are always two sides of every story
The media is corrupt to the core
If you know about child abuse and do nothing to report it or stop it , you’re just as guilty as the abuser
Allison was not able to meet LaVona, Tonya's abusive, cold, manager/mother, to research her "character" "So," she said, "I just made her up."
The "mockumentary" style, perfect for one of the most highly publicized stories in history, uses bits of mock interviews with the characters throughout the movie, and as a segue into scenes, which is how you meet Lavona.
Everything in that scene, the set, the script, direction, hair, costume and Allison's performance, gave the audience very little doubt about LaVona. I almost felt like I was in the room with her, thinking I was going to reek of cigarettes and worried she was going to come at me for something!
"I Tonya" is a compelling, account of Tonya Harding, the extraordinarily talented, ambitious figure skater, who, despite being so close many times, could not escape the legacy of growing up "White Trash", and succeed in a sport that was not exactly
"friendly" to a girl from the wrong side of the tracks.
Billed as a dark comedy, "I Tonya" is not exactly the type of comedy that gets big laughs, but Gillooly, and his bungling crew of bone heads provide some comic relief.
When Tonya shoots at Gillooly with a rifle, she "breaks character" and addresses the "audience" saying, "I didn't do this," It is kind of a "wink" at the mockumentary style.
However, ultimately, this technique, using exaggeration, and deadpan delivery, is intended to illustrate real absurdity, and the tragic aspects of Tonya's life.
Just focusing on Tonya's abusive relationship with her husband, and the scandal surrounding the attack on rival skater, Nancy Kerrigan, could have easily translated into an entertaining straight drama.
Although it does actually appear to be the focus, I think the intention was to use her difficult upbringing, and the frequent, escalating abuse and domestic violence with husband, Jeff Gillooly as a backdrop for the larger story of classism in the U.S., and the impact the legacy of rural poverty has on generations from that culture.
We may not think about the rarity of a story like Tonya's.
The likelihood of a girl, especially, making it out of rural poverty at all is practically zero, then becoming a contender for world champion in such an unlikely, demanding sport.....well, that's why it's a story.
The question of how much credit should be given to LaVona for Tonya's success is difficult, since she also cannot be exempt from responsibility for Tonya's failures, and the film did not waiver and use license to take sides either way.
Another reviewer who grew up in it, calls rural poverty, a culture of "desperation."
I have described it as exactly that, although I have just observed someone from that culture, and his life of constant chaos.
I would definitely say a learned desperation was responsible for Tonya's circumstances. There is a heartbreaking scene with Tonya only about six years old, watching her Ioving stepfather suddenly driving away, while Tonya screams and pleads to no avail.
However, I think it's not always a case of desperation, but the inability to consider future consequences it ultimately creates. I think it develops a behavior of always acting to fill immediate needs, even when there are other options.
It is the absence of considered thinking and judgement, and repeated bad decisions made on impulse, that become a devastating life pattern.
You see Tonya sabotage herself over and over again,
when she actually had some pretty lucky breaks.
The Olympic Committee changes the winter schedule, it allowed Tonya a one time chance to compete in only 2 years.
They also discontinued compulsory figures and put the focus on jumps.
Tonya was the best in the world at jumps.
But, she arrives 2 days late, and the whole issue with the lace on her skate, occurred because she didn't bring an extra pair of laces.
There was a moment when Tonya fires Diane, a great job, played by Julieanne Nicholson, her coach since childhood, and she throws her skate at her.
Diane wasn't hit, but the still shot of of Tonya's face showed in her eyes, that she recognized her mother in herself for the first time.
Margot Robbie, a stunning Australian actress who played the gorgeous trophy wife of Leo DiCaprio in the "Wolf of Wallstreet", shows she can also easily pull off a strong, complex character like Tonya, with an excellent performance that is also Oscar worthy.
I can only say, it is hard to complete this review without ruining the ending.
The script and direction were outstanding in a film that never wavered from its intention to accurately present Tonya's story, and let the audience decide.