OliviaDay’s review published on Letterboxd:
“America. They want someone to love, but they want someone to hate”
Tonya Harding was a competitive figure skater who was the first woman to ever compete the triple axel. But that is not what Harding is known for, on January 6, 1994, one of Hardings competitors, Nancy Kerrigan was struck on the leg by a baton. This started an immense media frenzy, pinning Harding and her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly as the main suspects.
Tonya Harding is portrayed brilliant by Margot Robbie, in her best performance to date, also fantastic is McKenna Grace as young Tonya. Sebastian Stan plays her ex Jeff and he was great. But holy shit, Allison Janney was evil as her controlling and abusive mother.
There were many things I enjoyed about this film. Obviously the acting, the cinematography was fantastic, the directing was fresh and soundtrack was amazing.
Unfortunately the issue I had sadly lied with the real story, and I just couldn’t look past that one stupid, fat fuck “friend” of hers and her petty ex husband screwed her out of everything. Was Tonya Harding a great person, not really. But she was abused her whole life, judged poorly on her upbringing and differences and horribly mistreated for an event she had nothing to do with. I did feel sympathy for Harding and I feel she was a very unfortunate case of misjudgment.