Director: Craig Gillespie
Running Time: 119 minutes
Based on the unbelievable, but true events, I, Tonya is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history.
The story is created by using interviews and flashback storytelling which creates a fun and exciting back and forth between the audience and the characters. Because of the use of the interview footage, there is a lot of breaking the 4th wall and getting the audience involved. The interviews from Tonya, her mother, LaVona Golden (Allison Janney), her ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly (Sebastian Stan), and other characters gives a behind the scenes look at the insanity that was the life of Tonya Harding.
What makes I, Tonya so memorable and engaging are the characters and the performances. These people are in a lot of ways, unbelievable. Allison Janney knocks it out of the park as LaVona, the distant, violent, chainsmoking, curmudgeon mother who says impossibly horribly things to and about Tonya. She is easily the most entertaining part of the film with her hilarious commentary and apathetic attitude.
The story of Tonya Harding is one of poverty, triumph, and heartbreak. Craig Gillespie does superb work with the material giving the audience a look at the many aspects of Tonya’s life that have led her to the pivotal point in her career and the time after that. The behind the scenes look at the rise and fall of her career is one that is genuinely fascinating, entertaining, and honestly, a little sad. I, Tonya is a must-see film that will make you laugh, cry and cringe. It is a spectacularly memorable film that will stay with you long after it has finished.
~~ Ashley Menzel, weliveentertainment.com