I enjoyed watching this film and would recommend other to give it a try , (as I am) but this movie, although enjoyable to watch due to the better than average acting fails to add anything new to its storyline that is all too familiar to these types of movies.
Mathilde the Guild
Although I seem to have had higher expectations than I thought, the movie is super entertaining.
A clunky actioner with a handful of cool moments.
When a scandal was used as media circus in several tabloid or magazines and when skating was just a sport which was seen far away by the world, Tonya Harding stood to serve the United States as one of the famous figure skating athletes at the time along with the scandal which made her name got even worse. There are those who hate her but there are also those who love her so much. Together when she was still able to compete with her rival Nancy Kerrigan, Tonya Harding was even specified as one of the most hated people in the United States because she had ruined the country image. In fact, media didn't stop making as a circus material when she was retired and became a fighter who loves to boxing. "I, Tonya" isn't one of those movies which tell a tragic story of a biopic person but deviates from those things which instead of hating her but we sympathize with Tonya Harding as a human being. With formulated outline between absurdity, ambiguity, irony, and reality, Craig Gillespie carries us to Tonya Harding's story from her rise as one of the greatest figure skating to her fall.Margot Robbie is no longer an actress who is able to appear sexy in the movies such as The Wolf Of Wall Street and Suicide Squad. Her character in this movie is so different and experienced as fully as possible so it seems to be a character and figure capable of being an inspiration but also feel sympathizing with her character. Tonya really deserved to be forgiven for her life which was always being tortured because of her aggressive mother, her relationship with her first husband who was sweet and kind at the first until using some violence and even pointed a gun, and her career was ruined because she was accused of scandal and made into media circus. Even though I don't really understand the relationship between this married couple, I just don't know why Tonya always believed Jeff as her loyal husband despite their frequent quarrels. This is what makes this story feel complex and it's just me who feels ridiculous because the relationship seems to have many twists which often break up.Tonya is known for her aggressive personality both in reality and on stage. Her anger always rises and makes the other people break from it's within until making it unconsciously hated by most of them. However, this is what makes you feel sympathetic because of her background with her mother always beat her and didn't have too many friends. Therefore, she always makes an anger as her energy in order to prove to people who hate her which he can do it. Tonya isn't a beautiful figure skating and seems generous. In fact, it's all contradictions of how she often exploded and had a swear mouth. However, her figure as a skater has an extraordinary determination and capability both on the ice and in her family's experience.Tonya Harding isn't a fictional character apart from Robbie who is not so similar to the original Tonya. Margot Robbie brings a deep character inside herself to form a new character in herself. Not only impersonation, her appearance in this film was very real both when she was inside and outside. The cinematography isn't just stayed at the place but it always follows. This also made this film so good when this movie was featured in two documentary-impressed formats where the characters were interviewed two decades later. The characters in this movie are not only Tonya who are highlighted but take many perspectives from Jeff, Diane Rawlinson, Shawn, and people who have been in contact with her. The film also used some dark joke and sometimes, the actor and the actresses are always breaking the 4th wall both when they are interviewed and the narratives.The overused song in this movie cannot be separated from a view, but the songs are always able to emphasize the moments which are not always serious. The film also leaves an imperceptibly ambiguous impression because we didn't know who is right and who is wrong considering the film was taken from all perspectives from all the characters which interviewed. When putting together into one story, it became a whole story where people have their own stories in response to the event.Although this film wanna be impressed as a sarcasm for mass media and other elements, "I, Tonya" is actually not too strong to be enjoyed. This film is rich in some of the stories and the pace which are not too slow even though the film is two hours long but doesn't feel at all. You would also understand each feeling of the characters. One thing which I want to state is Tonya Harding is the main focus. Besides Tonya, there is Shawn played by Paul Walter Hauser. His character is really funny and ironic about how he became a major point in-between the conflict. His characteristic of living in his mother's basement while telling his experience when working as an anti-terrorist is really pretty annoying but funny so it seems like a character that never existed.Allison Janney as LaVona is great, a character that truly illustrates the cruelty of a mother who always torments her daughter but still has feelings in her heart for her daughter. Sebastian Stan as Jeff is one of the heels in this movie, showing a violent character as Tonya's husband. Julianne Nicholson as Diane Rawlinson wasn't too great but became an important character in the development of Tonya Harding. Although this film also told about figure skater on the ice, this film doesn't just focus on it like the one which it is shown by Sayo Yamato's Yuri!!! On ICE but "I, Tonya" is a biopic film that focuses on one person. The choreography executed in this film is also great, and the costume design is also quite charming."I, Tonya" is a satirical movie from a media or an event that occurs in the United States, in the public, or in other countries. Even so, this film has a light and fast pace. Not too rushed but not too slow so you never get bored to enjoy each story. Tonya Harding is a complex character but is able to display her empathy side so we also support it. Margot Robbie is a person who creates a different character from inside herself. A film about changing someone's mindset from a biopic about a most hated person in the United States.
The life story of Tonya Harding, champion ice-skater. From her life as a young child to teenager to adult life everything centred on ice-skating. Then came the Nancy Kerrigan incident...Great movie. Could have easily been a fairly dry paint-by-numbers biopic but writer Steven Rogers and director Craig Gillespie infuse the movie with humour and lightness giving it a great deal of energy and engagement. There's also a character-based side to it, especially in terms of how Harding's mother shapes her personality and views on life. This leads her to accept the abusive, dysfunctional relationship with Jeff Gillooly, her first husband, which brings about her downfall.The light tone does change from a point, and it is a bit disconcerting. As things get more criminal, the lightness is replaced by a seriousness and the movie starts to resemble more the conventional biopic one would have expected. There is still a degree of humour: the bodyguard and the hired thugs take stupidity to another level (and, by the looks of things, this wasn't dramatized - they were really that dumb). However, the come-down from the energy and comedy of the first half does make for an uneasy transition. There was no way round it though - it would have been inappropriate to maintain the level of frivolity considering what happens.Ultimately the transition works out well, as the movie ends very emotionally.Superb performances by Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding and Allison Janney as her mother. Robbie would not have seemed the right person to play an uneducated, working class, incredibly intense, foul-mouthed competitor with hordes of demons but she pulls it off with aplomb. Well deserved her Best Actress Oscar nomination.Allison Janney won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance and the choice is hard to fault. She is fantastic as the aggressive, uncouth mother.
I knew nothing about the real events of this film bride I watched it. Very good show with all the actors putting in excellent performances.
In the history of American competitive athletics, there are a few moments that stand the test of time and are remembered many years after they happen. One of these moments is profiled in 'I, Tonya' - the 2017 quasi-fictional documentary-style film that follows the tumultuous life of former U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding (portrayed here by Margot Robbie), who had a swift rise to the top of the podium and an even swifter fall from grace thanks to the actions of her former husband.But 'Tonya' is about more than just "the incident" (as it's referred to in the film) - it takes us behind the curtain to see how the self-professed redneck was able to defy the odds, fending off constant verbal and physical abuse from her monster mother, LaVona (played brilliantly by Allison Janney), and her one-time husband, Jeff Gillooly (Sebastian Stan), to make the U.S. Olympic team twice in two years. 'Tonya' is filmed in an unusual way, where the story's characters are interviewed present day, reflecting back on the events, and we then see these events play out. Director Craig Gillespie takes liberties with this approach, doing things like having the actors break the third wall multiple times to dialogue with the audience and editing together reflections to tell a disjointed story.But as serious as this story could be, since it's not a happy one, it's interesting to see how much sarcasm is injected into 'Tonya.' Of course, this was likely something that was cleared with Harding herself, but it still is almost shocking to see some of the things that are depicted onscreen and are then basically shrugged off. Because Gillooly and her mother were such domineering personalities who controlled Harding, the relationships are what drive the entire film more than anything else. Also not lost on us is the stupidity of nearly everyone involved here - from the attack on Nancy Kerrigan to the cover up, it's like a comedy of error after error - and everything is captured in a way that makes it feel almost unreal.'I, Tonya' is not an amazing film in and of itself, but it's a vehicle through which standout acting performances are carried. And for that reason, it should be recognized.