I, Tonya

I, Tonya ★★★★½

Totally blew me away. I knew a little about the story because of ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary The Price or Gold, but I wasn’t expecting anything like this. Craig Gillesspe’s direction coupled with Tatiana Riegel’s editing creates a pace that’s like a relentless locomotive. 

Gillespie had the daunting task of creating a dark comedy with insanely intense subject matter. The amount of domestic violence is truly brutal. Gillespie’s presentation makes the violence palatable without surrendering its weight. 

I like how the film was able to build empathy for someone who exists as a punchline. Regardless of her involvement in “the incident,” her life is truly tragic, and the movie takes the time to acknowledge her pain and experience. 

Even with its incredible pace and direction, Margot Robbie and Allison Janney absolutely steal the show. Janney plays the mother you would never want. The best way to describe her is absolutely venomous. Margot on the other hand envelopes herself inside Tonya and puts so much subtlety in a person who has an “in your face” personality. The film rests on her shoulders and she delivers in spades. You can tell how much effort Robbie put into this role. I was extremely moved by her preformace, especially in the mirror towards the end. She’s gonna be unstoppable if she gets more roles like this.

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