I, Tonya

I, Tonya ★★½

Yeah, I wasn’t convinced by this. Margot Robbie is superb but the film around her is dishonest. For the first two thirds domestic violence is used as a gag and the audience is invited to laugh at Tonya and the abuse that she suffers, and to find her awful mother’s one-liners hilarious, whilst a direct-to-camera accusation to the audience three quarters through is levelled trying to make us culpable for laughing (which it should be noted, I did not). I found the story riveting but the treatment and style tone-deaf and incredibly insensitive, which really surprised me given just how assured, moving and delicately handled I found the director’s Lars and the Real Girl. A real disappointment, Margot Robbie excepted.

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