Based on the “insane true story that shocked the world”, I, Tonya is one of the year’s most acclaimed movies so far. Margot Robbie stars as Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding and brings a new, empathetic side of the story which has not been spoken about for years.
The film does not focus solely on Tonya’s success and downfall as a skater but delves into a more personal, lesser-seen side of her life leading up to her career. Seeing Tonya portrayed in this way redefines the way you view the tragic events which occurred, bringing a touch of humanity and empathy to our perception.
For those of you who don’t know, or who have forgotten, Tonya was accused of injuring a rival skater’s leg after her ex-husband arranged for an attack to take place behind her back. In the movie, the moment that Tonya is sentenced to a life-long ban from skating is genuinely devastating to watch.
Margot Robbie gives a heartfelt performance and as an audience we feel for Tonya in a way we perhaps haven’t before. At that moment, we realize that everything that Tonya had wanted and loved her whole life has been taken away from her.
A moving and darkly funny movie which provides a much-needed re-portrayal of the wildly misunderstood figure skater, Tonya Harding.