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Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding in I, Tonya
Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding in I, Tonya

MIKEY CLARKE reviews the story of a skating scandal, I, TONYA

Get your skates on and see Margot Robbie in her best performance yet!

“There’s no such thing as truth. Everyone has their own truth,” says Tonya Harding – played by Australian starlet Robbie.

The Wolf of Wall Street and Suicide Squad actress stars in this ‘kind of’ true story about an American figure skater and her involvement in one of the most sensational scandals in sports history.

Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, but she never received the praise and recognition that she deserved from judges due to her redneck roots.

Things became even worse for the skater after an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more poorly executed attack happens to her fellow Olympic competitor, Nancy Kerrigan.

What exactly was Harding’s involvement in the crime? The reason I referred to I, Tonya as a ‘kind of’ true story is because it’s inconsistently told from the perspective of numerous people – mostly Harding, her abusive ex-husband (Captain America: Winter Soldier’s Sebastian Stan) and her feisty and ice-cold mother (Juno’s Allison Janney).

If you’re hoping to get answers or insight from watching this film, you’ll be disappointed – as we’re left to draw our own conclusions based on the multiple perspectives.

What is consistent among the different accounts is that Harding was clearly a larger-than-life force of nature who constantly fought battles both on and off the ice.

And Robbie captures the pain and frustrations of the character perfectly with her best performance to date – as her stock continues to grow in Hollywood.

With Stan and Janney also flawless as the support cast and stunning cinematography (particularly on the ice), I’m surprised that I, Tonya was not nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars.

Much like with Harding in real life, the movie has been overlooked by judges as a whole – but at least Robbie (nominated for Best Actress) and Janney (nominated for Supporting Actress) are getting the credit they deserve – with Janney odds on favourite for her potential gong in particular.

Overall, I, Tonya is entertaining, tense and – despite the dark tone – even laugh-out-loud funny at times.

It’s as cold as ice, and is definitely worth the sacrifice.

Rating: 4/5 Mikey Clarke


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