I, Tonya

I, Tonya ★★★½

Finally got round to seeing this now that it's been added to streaming. Whilst I wasn't too familiar with Tonya Harding, I did watch this with my Dad who lived through, and still remembers much of this case so it was nice to be able to see it with him. That said the film itself is a really compelling watch.

It's carried through mostly by the really stellar performances. Janney of course deserved to win the best supporting actress Oscar but I don't think enough attention is being acreditted to Robbie's performance. That scene of her looking in the mirror conveyed so much raw emotion without even saying a word that's it's a testament to how great an actress she is. Between this and Timothee Chalamet's Call Me By Your Name scene, 2017 sure has been a great year for crying sequences.

The editing is also super tight as well. I think if Baby Driver hadn't existed in the same year this would have been my choice for best editing. All the skating sequences feel kinetic and full of energy and do a superb job of recreating the actual, real skates. And even small details like how it blends narriation with moments of 4th wall breaking from one scene to another gave it a unique style that felt distinct from the standard biopic affair.

TL;DR: Tight editing, great performances & stellar soundtrack keep with above just being the standard biopic affair.

Included In: 2017 Ranked