By far the funniest film I saw this year at the Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani was I, Tonya starring Margot Robbie. I, Tonya is a black comedy film about Tonya Harding and the ordeal with attacking Nancy Kerrigan at the 1994 Olympics. This film has many notable actors, including Margot Robbie as Tonya, Allison Janney as Tonya’s mother LaVona Golden, and Sebastian Stan as Jeff Gilooly. This cast worked together beautifully and the writing made this film hilarious and memorable.
One of the funniest parts about this film is that the personal interviews with Tonya, Jeff, her mom, and everyone else involved in her life were actually based on real interviews. When they showed the real interviews at the end of the film, I was amazed to see not only how spot on the costumes were, but how accurate the dialogue was to what they really said. The things said in interviews were so ridiculous and contradictory that it was hard to believe it was real.
I really enjoyed the cinematography of this film. The cameras used shot with a shallow depth of field and the cold tones of each scene made for some beautiful shots. While Margot practiced skating on the ice for about three or four months prior to shooting, they used a lot of CGI to for scenes where she skates a triple axel or has to do hard landings. While I knew they used CGI since Margot couldn’t actually skate like that, I couldn’t actually tell when it was used and when it wasn’t- so good job all you fabulous editors!
One complaint I heard from a lot of people regarding the casting of this film is that Margot Robbie is too pretty to play Tonya Harding. Honestly, I can understand that complaint, but I think her acting was wonderful and that she really understood the role she was playing. She helped teach us about what it was like growing up in an abusive home with a mother who she could never please and then getting into a tumultuous relationship with her on-again off-again abusive husband, Jeff Gilooly. Up and coming actress Mckenna Grace played a young Tonya and she killed it, that girl is too funny.
Overall, I really enjoyed the film. I thought it was well-casted, the acting was great, it was shot beautifully and hilariously written. The only complaint I had was that it moved slow in some parts. Some scenes could have been cut or rewritten to keep up with the pacing. Other than that, go see I, Tonya when it comes out in all theaters!