Starring: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney
Director: Craig Gillespie
Runtime: 2 hours
Biography | Comedy | Drama | 2017
Oscar Nominations: Film Editing, Actress in a Leading Role (Robbie), Actress in a Supporting Role (Janney)
Going back to - not so long ago - to when I was flipping through channels on my antenna TV and came across a 60 minutes (or something like it) on the Tonya Harding incident. Like I said, this as not so long ago, so don’t judge me on the fact that I have an antenna for television. It was just after I, Tonya came out… or perhaps right after I found out this movie was happening. Regardless of the timing, I do not know anything about the Tonya Harding - Nancy Kerrigan incident until I watched ten minutes of this documentary.
I, Tonya, the film that is up for 3 Oscar Nominations, is put together just like an actual documentary. Camera stills of interviewing Tonya, her mother, her husband, and her bodyguard as the facts of the matter come together. We are shown the life that Tonya had growing up, outside and inside the world of figure skating.
I had some problems with this film. The main one was Margot Robbie playing a 15 year old. I just couldn’t believe it. Not that I think Margot looks old, she just doesn’t pull of a 15 year old like Brie Larson did in The Glass Castle. On one hand though, I think it had something to do with the early 90’s hair and wardrobe.
As for the incident, like I said before, I knew nothing about this. Mainly because I was 4 when it happened. So it was nice to watch this movie and to find out what happened (if it truly is a true story). Without knowing, I was able to watch this with anticipation as to what would happen next.
The acting in this film was great I think. Margot Robbie and the scene in the courtroom was the icing on the cake for me. As for Janney as Tonya’s mother, that was just perfect as she played the classic Allison Janney role and attitude. As for the film editing, this isn’t something I typically comment on, but since it’s up for a nomination, I really enjoyed the film editing in this one. It reminded me of last years Jackie with the back and forth of Present day interview, Past happenings, and even the 90’s version looking video playback. It was great to watch.
Going back again, to longer ago than December of last year, I remember sitting on the couch with my grandma watching the ice skating. Kristi Yamaguchi was my favorite, but really all of the sparkly outfits and graceful skating were my favorite. I dreamt of being an ice skater, why did my parents not help me out with that dream? I don’t care now… I’m a scientist… who still has never put on an ice skate.
I give this film a “Liked It” it was very enjoyable. I liked how they made something so serious into something comedic on screen (no I don’t think what happened was comedic). I would recommend this movie, but have to watch the rest of the films to decide if I think it will win one of the Oscars. (4/5).
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