I, Tonya

I, Tonya ★★★★½

Yet again another disorienting 2017 film. I wasn't expecting this film to be the way it is and that might have to do with the fact that I actually had no idea who Tonya Harding is prior to watching this. I went into this expecting to laugh and I did (Sue me.) somewhat but to my surprise - This felt more like a horror film than a comedy. I, Tonya is a melodramatic and idiosyncratic look into the madness of the world of figure skater Tonya Harding. A woman who had everything and nothing. Tonya's life is an actual living hell and the hell she endures is elevated to a notch by the aid of her mother and her abusive husband. I, Tonya is a film that somehow manages to work in my honest opinion. Haunting at times and captivating at other times, I, Tonya often feels surrealist. Its a dark and grim look into a woman's downfall but it turns it's tragedy into a sort of catharsis. Although, this is a film that isn't going to work for many. I, Tonya is tough - brutal in fact and I can see it upsetting many people. Really what carries the film are the outstanding performances from Margot Robbie and Allison Janney. These women will both receive Oscar nominations there's absolutely no doubt about it. Powerful and convincing work from both ladies. I, Tonya ends on a strong note and has what is quite frankly one of my favorite final frames of any film this year. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the film but for now my consensus is: I, Tonya is a balls to the wall darkly comic portrayal of a martyr that does indeed stick it's landing.

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