"I, Tonya" Movie Review
I was 3 years old when the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan controversy happened, so I don't remember the events or even the infamous "why me!" cry from Kerrigan. I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie as Harding, was not written for me or anyone with my lack of realtime experience of the controversy.
But by telling Harding's story from her perspective, I, Tonya keeps viewers like me entertained while shedding interesting light for everyone else who did witness the coverage live.
What distinguishes I, Tonya from most biopics is the tone. Although the movie happens as if the characters are telling the story through various segments of interviews, there are also moments where they break the fourth wall, so to speak, to add their commentary in certain scenes, which was a great scripting decision.
Additionally, Robbie channels so many different emotions through her portrayal of Harding so well. From the joy of completing a triple axle in competition to her frustration of the public's media-influenced judgment. The many highs and lows are communicated so well through great performances.
I, Tonya may not end up as memorable as the events it depicts, but in telling the story at hand, this one sticks the landing.
Acting and Casting - 2 | Visual Effects and Editing - 2 | Story and Message - 2 | Entertainment Value - 2 | Music Score and Soundtrack - 1 | Reviewer's Preference - 1