Oscar Week Film Review: I, Tonya

Up for 3 Oscars, I, Tonya rises above a shonky format thanks to some great performances

“America. They want someone to love, they want someone to hate”

I wasn’t much of a fan of the mockumentary style in which I, Tonya was constructed, using interviews with the people involved with the rise and fall of Tonya Harding’s figure-skating career. And the fourth-wall-breaking felt like a gimmick too far in a film that simply didn’t need it, such is the appalling pull of its subject matter.

Written by Steven Rogers, directed by Craig Gillespie and co-produced by the film’s leading actor Margot Robbie, there’s a gripping story of Harding’s rise against the odds. Against an abusive childhood and then marriage, against the class snobbery that didn’t recognise her athleticism as equal to primped princess beauty, to hear Harding tell it,  against the world itself. Continue reading “Oscar Week Film Review: I, Tonya”