I, Tonya

Margot Robbie scored a well-deserved Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her role as Tonya Harding in I, Tonya.

I, Tonya is about the life of figure skater, Tonya Harding.

Tonya excelled and set records at a sport that is personified as delicate, dainty, and graceful – the way the girls are that participate and win in that sport.  She was the exact opposite of what the quintessential figure skater should be – she was tough, abrasive, unapologetic and angry.  She didn’t look the part.  Because of who she wasn’t, she didn’t have a chance in hell at being competitive.  But, she did not let that stop her.

In 1991 at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Tonya Harding made history by becoming the first American woman to land a triple axel jump in competition.  The judges were forced to judge her on her skating ability and nothing else.  She was becoming a champion.

The first half of the movie moves at the speed of light.  Then came ‘The Incident’.

Fellow teammate Nancy Kerrigan was attacked after practice one day.  Her knee was bludgeoned with a police baton.  This hit was linked back to Tonya’s husband.  But was Tonya the mastermind?

Afterward, the movie was sluggish and nerve wrecking, as I am sure it was in Tonya’s life at the time.

This movie is edgy and raw and crude and vile and so entertaining.  Margot Robbie showed no fear in throwing herself into character and Allison Janney makes you hate her and want to bust out laughing at the same time.  And I LOVE the soundtrack – it really takes you back.

Tonya Harding grew up poor, could not escape abuse, was judged her entire life, was uneducated and is the most perfect example of an underdog you will ever find.  She also showed a lot of strength, courage, and ambition.

You will have to see the movie for yourself to decide if you think it is a true story.


Starring:

  • Margot Robbie
  • Sebastian Stan
  • Allison Janney
  • Julianne Nicholson