Alison Janney deserves the world. Tough love only works on tough people. That court scene is amazing. It's like America is on the stand saying sorry. Very moving. Margot sure became a great actor. And fuck you wife beaters!
A film that could give THE BIG SHORT a run for its money for one of the most extraordinary directorial 'level up'. Who could have guesses a man behind FRIGHT NIGHT and MILLION DOLLAR ARM can make a film this fluid and energetic. Replace 'Craig Gillespie' with 'Martin Scorsese' in the title card and I wouldn't realize.
"America, they want someone to love, they want someone to hate." Fearless Margot Robbie gave me life... but let's face it, she didn't pull a Charlize-Theron-on-Monster, and still looked way too beautiful for this role, despite the messy hair and ugly costumes. Alison Janney stole every second onscreen.
Riffing on Scorsese is a dangerous game -- see obnoxious fare like "American Hustle" or "Middle Men" -- but it never traps "I, Tonya." Quite the opposite. Playful, gritty, and heart-winning, thanks in no small part to Queen Margot, Allison Janney, and a killer soundtrack.
A wildly disjointed film with mixed messages lacking a clear vision. There's a handful of compelling performances that keep the film moving along, but in the end, I, Tonya is just like a failed triple axel: ambitious, ungraceful and a big "what if."
"I, Tonya" hurtles out of the gate with vision and confidence, telling a uniquely American story in a carefully modulated tone that at times feels like "Boogie Nights" as directed by Christopher Guest. A last minute decision to implicate the viewer in Tonya Harding's fate rings false - a large part of the film's target audience wasn't even born yet in 1994 - but Margot Robbie proves absolutely iconic in the role.
Margot Robbie gives an incredible performance in this film that manages to tell a coherent story through several different conflicting points of view. It is also a critique on the media and how we as a society love a good spectacle, especially a train wreck. It also lets us know that there is always more to the story and that people prefer to judge rather than listen.
I, TONYA is a brazen postmodern auto-critique w/ the brio to have its cake and eat it too. An opening title card informs us that the irony-sodden movie we are about to watch is based on "irony free" interviews. This obviously raises, er, ethical questions. Auto-critique? Some people think Tonya directly addresses the viewer whilst staring into camera. I think she addresses the filmmakers. Also a great sports movie.