So before I begin my I Tonya review, I should give you a quick backstory. In my previous blog post, Me and Tonya Harding, I explained how I was a huge Tonya Harding fan.
If you don’t want to read that longer blog post, I’ll summarize it. Tonya’s skating career went to shit about the same time my music career went to shit. There are two types of people in this world. Some folks root for others to succeed where they failed. Other folks love to see people fail.
I’m in the former category. I don’t have a drop of jealousy in my body. Rather, if I’m sucking, I want someone who’s kicking ass to inspire me. So yes, I was rooting for Tonya Harding.
Then of course, the incident happened. It was hard to know what really happened because the news sensationalized it so badly that you couldn’t tell fact from fluff. Yeah, ironically, it’s even worse today than it was back then. But that’s another rant for another day.
Anyways, my review.
I Tonya Review
So I finally got around to seeing I, Tonya, a movie directed by Craig Gillespie and starring Margot Robbie as the infamous Tonya Harding. For the record, Margot Robbie is one of my favorite actresses of her generation. However, it was really Allison Janney as Tonya’s crazy bitch mother who stole the show.
Yes, Margot Robbie played a wonderful part. But damn! Every second Janney was on the screen, she dominated. She was wicked, and not in a good way. The old definition.
So yeah, Tonya Harding grew up in a shitty household full of abuse. Her redneck father was the only good thing in her life, then of course, he was out of the picture for good quite early on. That left a young Tonya with a crazy, foul-mouthed, bitter, and abusive bitch mother.
Tonya’s self-esteem was shot from early on. To top it off though, she makes what I list as the second worst mistake you can make in your lifetime – choosing the wrong mate. Although this movie makes me reconsider that. Maybe I should have listed picking the wrong mate as the worst mistake rather than the second.
My wife told my son to never fuck stupid because stupid breeds true. Drum that into your head for the rest of your life. It doesn’t matter how hot that guy or chick is. Don’t fuck anyone stupid. Trust me on this one. And if you don’t take my word for it, watch I, Tonya. You’ll see what happens when you fuck stupid.
Breaking the fourth wall, delusions of grandeur, and complete idiots
My word. So much win with this movie.
Yes, Tonya breaks the fourth wall a lot. In most other movies, it’s usually cheesy and it doesn’t work. In this movie, it worked big time. The movie was kind of like a documentary black comedy. I had to laugh at how stupid Tonya’s husband’s friends were.
Unfortunately, as I just said, fucking stupid people will ruin your life. Harding could have been great. She could have been the best.
I loved how the movie was actually sympathetic to Harding. When the incident occurred, deep down inside, I was hoping that Harding had nothing to do with it. I was a huge Tonya Harding fan as she reminded me so much of myself. I wanted her to win an Olympic gold medal. Of course, that didn’t happen.
It’s funny as you don’t get to see “the incident” until the movie’s almost over. And when it happens, Margot Robbie breaks the fourth wall once more in a most cynical way.
Now, don’t get me wrong. Yes, Janney was fantastic and yes, she did steal the show. But let’s give some love to Margot Robbie. She played Tonya Harding perfectly, exactly as I would have imagined her.
Harding’s husband was a fucking idiot. As stupid as he was though, his best friend was even more stupid. To add on top of stupid, he had delusions of grandeur. Stupid plus delusions of grandeur always equals something really, really bad. And somehow, he found two ass clowns who were even more stupid than he was. How that happened, I have no idea.
Solid directing, a well-deserved Academy Award winning performance by Janney, but I also have to give credit to the editing. Tatiana S. Riegel edited the movie and now that I edit music videos, I got a new appreciation for anyone who can edit that well. The movie flowed perfectly. Good flow? Credit the editor.
Plus, the soundtrack worked. I love ZZTop and it’s awesome that Tonya Harding actually skated in real life to Sleeping Bag, a very sexual song that I’m sure offended some skating judges.
The other pieces fit the period and also fit the movie. Great selection of tunes.
As for criticisms, I seriously have none. I haven’t enjoyed a movie this much since Battle for Sevastopol.
Now, some folks might get turned off by all the domestic violence. Yeah, but that’s how it was.
I’ve been fortunate to cut my movie list to only good movies. I’ve enjoyed the past several movies I’ve seen. Which reminds me – I owe you a review for The Shape of Water. I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.
The last bad movie I saw was that last Star Wars movie. No, I’m not going to waste my time writing a review on it. It sucked ass and if you haven’t seen it yet, keep it that way. See I, Tonya instead.