rylan_reviews’s review published on Letterboxd:
I, Tonya is a really thought provoking film. Throughout this movie you really question whether Tanya Harding was wronged or if she is actually a bad person. These questions are tough because the hand in life she was delt was absolutely terrible. She was beaten as a child, she never had a father, and eventually her boyfriend screwed up the only thing she ever loved which was figure skating.
I go back and fourth between whether Margot Robbie or Scarlett Johansson is my favorite actress. I think nonetheless this is Margot’s best performance ever. She was fantastic in this movie. I was blown away because she was just absolutely crazy at times and at others sympathetic. Sebastian Stan was also fantastic and I think he should have been nominated. He plays Jeff known for orchestrating an attack on other skater which thus ruined Tanya’s career. Stan is so unlikeable because he is just such an idiot. The people he hangs out with and ideas he comes up with are just so frustrating. The crazy thing about all this was what he did was true. This man was actually really this ridiculous.
Besides the whole craziness with the characters the filmmaking and script was really good. This movie was surprisingly a gut punch. It was genuinely really sad to see this true story hashed out on the silver screen. Nothing is endearing about this because it is tragic. The actual filmmaking was pretty good as well. The film does cut back and forth a lot which could be a bit annoying but it gives you the time periods so I was not confused. Also, the way the camera moved for the ice skating scenes was so cool. It glided across Margot Robbie which really was well done. The shots are entertaining.
I, Tonya is another well done biopic. It was very well acted and well made. It brings very complex characters that will make you think about what you have just seen. This will probably be a film I will ponder for the next few days.