I, Tonya Courtesy by Screen Musings

I, Tonya Courtesy by Screen Musings

She is beautiful, innocent and yet strong. Margot Robbie is just such a cool actress. When she was opposite Will Smith in Focus you could see her gorgeousness and then in Suicide Squad she was cute as Harley Quinn/Harleen Quinzel.

Now with I, Tonya this girl is shining. I, Tonya is based on the real life story of American figure skater Tonya Harding and Margot Robbie fits in her ice skates perfectly. This must have been her most difficult role ever, but if this one could land her an Oscar Nomination, well then girl you’ve only just started.

Biopics are interesting if well handled because you are most likely aware of the story beforehand. But if you never knew Tonya Harding, then this film is sweet presentation with all its intense real life incidents to tell you what a fighter this girl was.

My favourite scene was when her skating laces were letting her down and she burst into tears on the rink. It was as if her world was falling apart and she had to let go or be strong and fight for her place.

Director Craig Gillespie was has previously made Million Dollar Arm and The Finest Hours, has done a superb job with I, Tonya. Big credit should also go to McKenna Grace who plays the younger Tonya, she was so gifted in Gifted and even here, she’s one to watch out for. Actor Sebastian Stan who plays Tonya’s husband Jeff Gilloly has done a remarkable job but its Allison Janney who plays Tonya’s mother who also steals the show. Her rigid, don’t care attitude parenting is heart wrenching. Obviously deserving the Best Actress in a Supporting Role Academy Award for 2018.

I, Tonya is about her struggles as a child, her dream to be an Olympian and the first American to do a triple axle. We get to see her relationship with her mother and the abuse she withstood as a child which spilled over into her marriage.

This is a must watch for psychologists and interesting study material. But it is also a must watch for inspiration, because no matter what happens, never underestimate your talent or reduce it just to please others.

 

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