I, Tonya is an unflinching documentary-style biopic of the life of Tonya Harding, most famous for being the first American female figure skater to land a triple axel. The vibe and style of this film actually reminded me of American-made.
I, Tonya is a biographical film detailing the events of Tonya Harding, which was involved in one of the biggest scandals in American Sports History, especially with her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, who attacked her fellow competitor during a Skating Championship. This film also features some mockumentary interviews that try to retell the events from each of the characters’ perspective.
It is based on a true story but the way the film is paced and how everything is put together, I was thoroughly entertained throughout. Her life is full of drama and it never felt like there was a dull moment.
Of course, the characters themselves were wholly interesting and very convincingly brought to life by the cast. Margot Robbie, in particular, did a stunning job as the impulsive, crass, love-her-or-hate-her-there-is-no-in-between, unapologetic Tonya. The dynamic between her and her mum was at times hard to watch but I loved every interaction between them. There are regular interview segments with the characters in the future and this just made it that much funnier as they commented on the events being shown.
The figure skating sequences were also very well filmed and performed. The camerawork was very dynamic during these sequences. The soundtrack was also very catchy with an emphasis wild songs with fast and catchy guitar riffs.
The only flaw is that there are perhaps…4 named characters who are introduced but never really expanded upon as although they affected her life, it was not really in a major way.
Ultimately, I had a very fun time at the cinema with this film and sometimes we just need to have films that can let us relax and have a good time at the movies.