• Kaveh Jalinous

I, Tonya (2017): Film Review




Margot Robbie has truly proved her status as an actress to watch out for in the past few years. From her beginnings in The Wolf of Wall Street, she has truly evolved, reaching new milestones in her career with every movie she starts in. But, this, this is the best acting I've ever seen her in, along with her co-stars Sebastian Stan and Allison Janney. Together, the three of them anchor what was already an amazing, hilarious, entertaining film. Together, they make I, Tonya the amazing movie that it truly is. ​ The story tells the story of Tonya Harding (obviously), and her rise and fall in the figure stating industry. Told from the perspective of interviews, the film chronicles every significant event from her beginnings in figure skating (when she was four), to her change into professional boxing. Not only does the film tell this story, it tells it with a ton of action, entertainment, and humor. I, Tonya is a film with all the qualities of a great film, which elevates its status and makes it a film to remember. ​ All of this greatness would not be possible without Margot Robbie, who out-performs herself in this one. She sinks into the character of Tonya Harding perfectly, and by the end of the film, it is almost impossible to tell the two apart. This truly benefits the film, and the audience, because it provides a deeper understanding of character, and makes the film seem like more of a real life documentary about Harding. Similarly, Allison Janney plays her role amazingly, and definitely deserves an Oscar nomination, if not a win. And, that's what makes I, Tonya so great: not only is the acting on the spot, it helps the film by making it stronger, more powerful, and much more entertaining. It's hard not to laugh at Janney's character. Likewise, it's hard not to love Robbie's performance, as she plays Harding so intensely and powerfully. Overall, I, Tonya is a funny, entertaining, and near-perfect look at the rise and fall of one of figure skating's most monumental figures.

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