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Friday, March 23, 2018

I, Tonya (Directed by Craig Gillespie; Written by Steven Rogers)

Former competitive figure skater Tonya Harding was never fully accepted in the figure skating community for not inherently being the image of grace, breeding, and privilege that the community wanted to portray despite being naturally gifted in the sport. Although she ultimately had some success in figure skating, particularly by being the first American woman to complete a Triple Axel in competition, she is best known for her association to 'the incident': the leg bashing of her competitor, Nancy Kerrigan, who, unlike Tonya, was everything that the figure skating community wanted in their representatives. Her association to that incident led to Tonya being banned from competitive figure skating for life. Tonya's story from the beginning of her figure skating life at the age of four to the aftermath of the incident is hereby presented.

Starring: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Julianne Nicholson, Paul Walter Hauser, Bobby Cannavale, Bojana Novakovic, Caitlin Carver, Maizie Smith, Mckenna Grace

❤️ I remember this story so well and I have been meaning to see the film for quite a while, so I finally managed to go.
To begin with, this is not meant to excuse Tonya Harding's behaviour or paint her out to be a victim, otherwise it would have been a waste of time. What it does is help you understand who she was and why she did what she did, as she was more than just an intense competitor who did not come forward when she learnt that her husband and his friend had physically assaulted Tonya's competitor, Nancy Kerrigan.
Overall, this is a fascinating look back at one of the most celebrated news stories of the 1990s with amazing performances by the entire cast, but especially Margot Robbie and Allison Janney (Oscar well-deserved).

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