“And that’s the f—ing truth.” That’s the parting line from Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding in Craig Gillespie’s “I, Tonya,” a delirious, laugh-out-loud revisiting of the famous Olympic scandal, which held its world premiere in Toronto on Friday night.
In 1994, the self-labelled “redneck” figure skater was embroiled in an international incident when her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly conspired to injure Harding’s biggest competitor for Olympic gold, Nancy Kerrigan.
The fallout got Harding banned from skating for life, and became a notable skirmish at the dawn of celebrity and 24-hour news.
The source material is not necessarily the truth, as a t
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Janney’s abusive, profane deadpan brought the house down at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theater. True, her LaVona is uncaring, verbally and physically abusive, but she’s also somehow endearing as a diner wa
Mr. Harding bails on the women, leaving skating as Tonya’s only ticket out of her poverty-stricken childhood. Flash-forward to age 15 and Harding has fallen in love w
Robbie then brings Tonya into her 20s, and in interview segments at age 40, which marks a long arc of transformation. Let’s be honest, who could picture the stunning Robbie as the stubby, 5-foot-1 Harding, especially later down the line? But the actress and producer pulls
Scenes of domestic violence from Harding’s marriage are shocking, but shot swiftly w
What’s most interesting is Harding’s rise through a system that hates her: Figure skating judges balk at her use of crass rock n’ roll music for performances, her homemade costumes (as a child, Tonya makes a fur coat from rabb
The film demands audience participation by repeatedly breaking the fourth wall. Robbie brings a brand of vinegar we haven’t seen in her previous work, and
A postscript on screen says that Tonya now builds and restores decks in Michigan. We’ll take their word that i
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