“I, Tonya” reviews the life of Tonya Harding before and after her now famous attack on Nancy Kerrigan. Margot Robbie plays Tonya Harding who grew up in a poor family ruled by her mother, LaVona, played by Allison Janney. Tonya’s whole world revolves around skating, but she meets obstacles and challenges each and every time she skates.
Nothing ever makes her mother happy including her relationship with Jeff Gillooly, who is played by Sebastian Stan. The two marry and Jeff soon becomes physically abusive. Tonya leaves Jeff but after coming in fourth at the Olympics, she goes back to him. While Tonya is training for the next Olympics, Jeff concocts a plan to have Tonya’s bodyguard, Shawn, who is played by Paul Walter, send a death threat to Nancy Kerrigan. Shawn instead hires two thugs to attack her and the rest is history. Tonya’s career as a skater is over.
This is another great movie. Allison Janney is absolutely spot on as LaVona, Tonya’s mother. She has already won a Golden Globe and has a good shot for an Oscar. Margot Robbie is also spectacular in her performance. She proves what a solid actress she is in this role revealing the troubled life that Tonya Harding led.
Harding never received the credit she deserved for performing two triple axels. Of course, they had to use special effects to make it appear that Robbie was a skater. We also learn/know now that Harding had no idea of the planned attack, yet given a lot of the blame.