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I ALWAYS TRY TO AVOID SPOILERS.
“There's no need to have class when you have talent.” Is that how
you get away with it? I'm fucked then.
Story of working class figure skater “Trashy” Tonya Harding who
despite her imperfect upbringing rose to be the most infamous woman
in America, before the internet! Solid effort. Infamy was less
fleeting then, too, which has stained her memory.
Writing is hard at the moment, so please bear with me.
Tonya is a dramedy which raised a few thoughts in my addled brain.
These thoughts may fire offat random, but
don't worry America: your teacher is armed.
how famous ice skating made Tonya Harding is proof that the Americans
will wank themselves blistered if you achieve anything at all while
representing them. In spite of my overt hatred of other people's joy
and cause for celebration, part of me admires that. OK, much of me. However it's tempted by the knowledge that you could shoot up a school in a Team USA top and you'd honestly
still have fans.
not been a fan of Margot Robbie so far; she was only really eye candy in Wolf of
Wall Street and Tarzan, not her fault though, they were high profile
roles in better than average films. She was in Aussie soaps my nan
fell asleep in front of prior to that. This is not to slag her off it's
just why I wasn't huge fan. She could have been unbelievable,
Oscar worthy, in Suicide Squad but given that ten minutes of it
felt like someone trying to force feed my eyeballs a sloppy poo, I
wasn't paying too much attention. I was just hoping it wouldn't
drip into my mouth.
Tonya is very droll, it's not a “ba dum!” type of comedy. It is
funny, sure. More moderately amusing, interesting and engaging though than jazz hands jokes. There are funny
moments, laughs, but a bit like The Martian a few years ago it has
been wrongly called a comedy*. I entered the film only knowing Doug
Stanhope and Tonya Harding crossed paths once in a hilarious boxing
match some years ago, and because of that I knew her name, but not who she is. Clearly a talented and hard working woman, Tonya was pushed tirelessly and lovelessly by her mother. Harding got dealt a fairly shit hand in life, she worked desperately to make it out.
telling a judge to, “suck my dick” is my favourite line of the film. Hard working and talented maybe, but she's also a bit of a cunt. However Harding was a mould breaker and being a cunt in those
circumstances is more acceptable, especially as was mentioned, when you have talent. Being a cunt
when your biggest achievement is an obscure film blog is not acceptable. But you
play the cards you're dealt. My main criticism of I, Tonya, is that it has no longevity, in terms of rewatches, but that's no bad thing. It is well made,
entertaining and a break out role for Robbie, but the film's depth ran out
before it's knees were shattered. Allison Janney is excellent as Tonya's mother, LaVonna, too.
it? I, Tonya is at cinemas now, and Tonya Harding is a very
interesting lady worth watching to learn about; a good skater with a better chin. Which isn't meant
to be funny, given the domestic abuse, it's more to say the woman endured a lot, showing better
chops than I or many others would have done. Also, I'm now a fan of Margot Robbie. 7/10 *In order to try to win it some awards