I, Tonya

I, Tonya ★★★½

I've read a few people tearing into this movie for playing her abuse for laughs and I have to disagree. There is a certain cheekiness to the entire movie, but when it shows Tonya suffering abuse at the hands of her boyfriend or mother it doesn't play it for laughs. It plays it with an alarming matter-of-factness that might elicit nervous laughter in some people. But it certainly doesn't tell you to laugh at this. That's hard to recognize when you see it in a theatre full of people who are laughing (like some of the detractors stated), but I think that says more about the audience than it does the movie itself.

That being said, this isn't a masterpiece but it's engaging with a very unique tone for a biopic, and a killer soundtrack. Margot Robbie's American accent is a little rough at times ("hateRRs") but she really is a knockout here and deserves the praise. As does Queen Janney.

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