What an amazingly hilarious remake of history! “I, Tonya.” I appreciate the fact that this film was not just a documentary or full of interviews re-telling the story. The idea of recreating “the incident,” getting to know Tonya’s background, and making this film dark humor was a great approach to retelling this story.
In the film, it is apparent that Tonya is a fighter. She faces all of these challenges and still finds a way to get through it because the only thing she wants to do is skate.
The actors in this film were believable. Margot Robbie did a great job portraying Tonya Harding. She had the attitude, the rage, determination and just overall raw emotions that Tonya has. All of the actors felt like they were the real characters and even though some of them seemed outrageous, it was truly how that person would have acted. We are able to see this at the end of the film, when we see a few clips of actual footage from the past. I think that last touch of footage made the film seem even more accurate.
The humor seemed natural to the characters and to the film. Nothing seemed forced or too focused on getting laughs.
The ending of the film was an emotional roller coaster. It made me feel sympathetic towards Tonya. As shown in the film, Tonya is not your typical ice skater. She does not live a rich and luxurious life. She doesn’t have a wholesome family, and we see her temper issues. But in the end, at the courthouse, it is apparent that even though Tonya is hot-headed and aggressive, we see that underneath all of that, she just loves to skate.
This film did feel a little long, but everything flowed really well. The remake of the interviews and narrations, helped the film progress and transition smoothly. The idea of breaking the fourth wall was another useful way to provide more information, just in a different way. I’m glad it wasn’t all narration. Because it was a 2 hour movies the different ways information was received made the film more interesting.
This film had to cover a lot of information from Tonya’s background, to the incident, to after her trial. A great way to do cover all of these events, and get a better understanding of Tonya was to use elliptiacl editing. Some examples would be Tonya’s mom and husband hitting her, Tonya receiving her awards after competitions, and Tonya landing the Triple Axel. This was a great way to show recurring events over time. Instead of just saying it, we got to see the events happen over time. It gave us a better understanding of why Tonya was the way that she was.
The use of computer-generated imagery (CGI) and stunt doubles while Tonya was skating was amazing. It really felt like Margot Robbie was performing those tricks. It was hard to distinguish when the stunt double began and ended because the cutting and special effects were spot on.
Overall, this was a great film and a great remake of history. This was the perfect and most intriguing way to get the full story of “the incident” and to understand Tonya Harding’s side of the story.