Film Review: I, Tonya
Director: Craig Gillespie
Writer: Steven Rogers
Cinematography: Nicolas Karakatsanis
Cast: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney
Country of Origin: USA
Time: 120 mins.
Sal from Crome Yellow and I review some of the best films we saw at AFI FEST this year, including the tonya harding biopic, I, Tonya. You may not be familiar with tonya harding besides the fact that she was involved in the injury of nancy kerrigan during the 1994 olympics. Tonya harding was the first woman to successfully complete two triple axels in a single competition and at one point or another was the best figure skater in the world. in a mockumentary style, I, Tonya chronicles her troubled childhood to the aftermath of the nancy kerrigan incident.
Biopics are a dime a dozen these days so sal & I had no expectations going into i, tonya. you can imagine our shock when we got out of the theater and were so dumbfounded by the powerhouse and innovative piece of art that was I, Tonya! accompanied by talking head interviews and jump cuts, the film shows the differing perspectives of the people involved in tonya's life from her abusive ex-husband and mother through the span of her childhood and career. as brutally hilarious as the film is, the underlying tone is a devastating and an heartbreaking one about domestic violence and sexism in the media.