I, Tonya

I, Tonya ★★★½

Surprisingly liked this a lot more than I expected to. Not to say I thought it was going to be bad, but I'm always hesitant with biopics as a lot of them just end up being nothing special. But this film is sort of akin to The Big Short, with fourth wall breaking and interesting use of real life events and added story elements. And, being a fan of previous film, I think I, Tonya does a great job in this regard. Its not just a boring retelling or traditional biopic, it takes a subject wrapped in assumptions and and does well both as entertainment, and to get people to think closer about what they may or think they might remember about a situation. Now, I wasn't even born when this whole shebang took place, but just discussing the topic of this movie with a few people who were, its clear that peoples minds have been made up about what happened. So when a film like this comes along to actually challenge those misconceptions, and does it in an interesting format, I find it to be superb. Naturally this film is gonna be more than a bit sympathetic to its protagonist, but it works well.

Of course, that's not to say those are the only reasons this works. A lot of the joy that comes from this movie is watching Margot Robbie and Allison Janney absolutely nail their parts. Hell, I'd say that the entire main cast give pretty good performances. One thing that was a bit distracting was that it was fairly clear that Margot Robbie wasn't doing the actual skating, which is understandable, she's portraying a very talented skater. But seeing as how the skating segments are a main focal point of the film, it was a bit distracting to keep seeing it, thought perhaps its just a limitation of the form.

I'm a little surprised that this didn't get more Oscar nominations, but only slightly. But I do hope either Robbie or Janney take home the prize.

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