I,Tonya review “A middle of the road biopic”

I, Tonya poster

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As we are reliably informed in the opening titles, I,Tonya is a story based on the “irony-free, wildly contradictory and totally true” interviews with shamed former figure skater Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie)  and her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly (Sebastian Stan). It’s a zany, offbeat portrayal of one of the most infamous sporting controversies that enthralled most of the western world in the last decade of the 20th century.

I,Tonya takes on a ‘mockumentary’ style framework mixing interviews with the key players and a chronological telling of Tonya’s rise and fall. The film plays in two acts; Tonya’s tough ascension through the world of figure skating and then the ‘incident’, the assault on rival Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya’s tragic downfall. Continue reading