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Drama - US

I, Tonya (2018 in Spain)

Duration 2h 0m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story Real events – believe it or not
Writers/Script Steven Rogers
Additional Info Allison Janney, often seen on our TV screens in the sitcom “Mom”, won Best Supporting Actress at the 2018 Oscars, Golden Globes and the BAFTAs.
Director Craig Gillespie
Starring Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Julianne Nicholson, Paul Walter Hauser, Bobby Cannavale
Elevator Pitch Tonya Harding is a world class figure skater whose background and rebellious approach puts her constantly at odds with the judges. In order to appear more family friendly she resumes her relationship with the abusive husband she has divorced, and in turn he and a delusional friend, who claims to be her bodyguard, arrange for an attack on her main rival in the 1994 Olympics.
Content This is a film made in documentary style with much speaking to camera interspaced with scenes from the skater’s childhood and early adulthood. Her mother is unpleasant and foul-mouthed, her husband beats her up, she skates a lot. In real life she claims to have known nothing about the attack; with the evidence provided we are left to decide.
A View We seem to live in an age of foul mouthed middle aged women – in this film the mother – and the approach is fun, but there are some harrowing scenes as well. The sound track is fantastic and so I would recommend a visit to the cinema to see, and hear, it. ZZ Top, Fleetwood Mac, Dire Straits and others presented on a sound system better than they could have imagined back in the 80s.

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels



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