I, Tonya

I, Tonya ★★½

This biographical story examines the figure skating career of Tanya Harding (Margot Robbie) including her connection to the attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan in 1994. The telling of the story is based on accounts from Tanya herself aswell as ex husband Jeff Gillooly (Sebastian Stan) and her mother LaVona Golden (Allison Janney)

The film explains from the outset that the interviews leading to the telling of the story are contradictory and therefore unreliable in presenting an accurate portrayal. For someone who isn't overly aware of these events im left confused as to what really happened. Due to the focus being on Tonya she is often presented as the victim or atleast somebody deserving of our sympathy - for me she comes across as unlikable despite her talent.

I, Tonya predictably plays a familiar soundtrack, songs such as "the chain" by Fleetwood Mac must be one of the most overused songs in film/TV and is preferred here to an original score which exists but is used sparsely. The script is structured to extract as much humour as possible but most of this supposed comedy comes from the vile mouth of Allison Janneys character. I can see audiences getting a laugh from some of blunt foul language but in reality it would be supporting a mother who is abusive towards her daughter.

The direction is basic, soundtrack overused and acting no more than fine. What made it worse was the use of CGI faces imposed on the spinning skaters that looked like the work of a young student trying out editing software for the first time.

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