6 months ago
The events that this film is based on are absolutely crazy and the portrayal of it all is done so to emulate that pure absurdity. I think that I had a greater appreciation for this film since I’ve previously watched Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story (2018). The acting in this film is absolutely superb as everyone truly studied the people they were portraying from the both body and spoken language to costumes all the way to emotions in their eyes. This film is phenomenal, go give it a watch on Hulu whenever you get a chance. And if you want better insight into this film, check out the Truth and Lies documentary either before or after watching this film.
7 months ago
MoviePass movie number 28 was I, Tonya starting Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, and Allison Janney.
The movie is a film about figure skater Tonya Harding and her rise and subsequent fall in the world of competitive skating. It's presented as a documentary style film with the actors giving interviews throughout the film taking directly to the audience. Most of the cast actually breaks the fourth wall throughout as well, and will turn and talk to the audience in the middle of a scene.
The film makes much use of the fact that Tonya Harding, and most of the people in her circle, were redneck white trash. In fact, it is one of the first things the character of Tonya says to the audience. Her white trash-ness is what held her back throughout her skating career. She wasn't the "wholesome" skater the skating world was looking for.
Allison Janney almost steals the movie as Tonya's abusive and foul mouthed mother LaVona. She pushes and pushes her daughter to be a skater and to do her best....but she is truly portrayed as an awful person. (And from what I remember of her during that time period, the portrayal is spot on.)
The movie starts with her childhood and goes up to the "incident" we all remember her for. In fact before the movie delves into that whole affair, the character of Tonya looks into the camera and states, "Besides, this is what you all came here for, isn't it?"
The movie never really places any blame on anyone, but does make a case for the bumbling idiocy of her on again/off again husband Jeff Gillooly and "bodyguard" Shawn Eckhardt.
The movie is played for laughs in spots.....and you do laugh.....but it was truly a hard film to watch at times due to the physical and verbal abuse Tonya took from both her mother and husband. I flinched several times at the violence. In fact, at one point in the film someone in the auditorium loudly gasped at something that happened. But Tonya really doesn't come out looking like a victim herself in all of the drama either.
Like I said before, Allison Janney steals the show as LaVona. I see an Academy Award nomination in the future. I stated in my review of Lady Bird that Laurie Metcalfe is probably going to get a nomination as well. It will be interesting to see if either wins for portrayals of difficult mothers.
It also had a great soundtrack with many 70's and 80's songs from Supertramp, Heart, The Violent Femmes, and Fleetwood Mac. (Pretty much the whole length of The Chain is played. Bonus points for that. 😊)
I, Tonya is a wonderful and sometimes funny film with some moments of abuse that are hard to watch about a person who was just trying to find some acceptance and love, even as she made some awful choices herself.
Recommended. Stay for the credits to see actual footage of Tonya's historic skate when she was the first woman to pull off a triple axel jump in competition. And also for some actual footage of the main people involved giving interviews. The attention to detail in recreating these real people for the film is amazing.
(And look for a quick five second cutaway scene with Allison Janney in the middle of the film. Best line of the film. It's hysterical and sums up LaVona perfectly.)
8 months ago
Good film. True story too. Always interesting telling the story from the perspective of the person who's done wrong.
Immensely good casting for this. Seeing actors and real people side by side, couldn't believe it.
10 months ago
En glimrende skildring af denne bizarre person og tilværelse. Margot Robbie gør det glimrende som Tonya og fortællingen er underholdende langt hen ad vejen. Man skal dog nok være ekstra stor skøjtefan for at falde i svimer over den, men filmen er godt håndværk.
Alisson Janney delivers a great performance
Goes beyond the headlines. A look at her life before and during that event. Good movie.