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I, Tonya DVD

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Based upon the true story of Tonya Harding, an Olympic Figure Skating finalist in the 1992 Games. Tonya began skating at four years of age and she stands out for being a bit different from all the other girls; but she can outperform them all. With an amazing athletic ability and sheer grit. With a refrigerator cold mother, who beats her unpredictably, Tonya drifts from an abused childhood to an abusive marriage but throughout, skating is her constant. In 1991, Tonya is the first woman in the world to complete a triple axel and sets herself up for selection at the Olympic finals only to find her husband and his hapless friend sabotage her chances by a foolish and criminal action against a fellow competitor. As Tonya pleads her innocence, even her mother shows appalling disloyalty by attempting to extract a confession.

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  • Average Rating for I, Tonya [2018] - 4 out of 5


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  • I, Tonya [2018]
    Editor Review

    This is a great film with more than a hint of pathos. Tonya is not instantly likeable, but it is hard not to feel deep sympathy for her very challenging life and Margot Robbie brings out the tenacity and egocentric aspects of her character to great effect.
    There is a significant amount of domestic violence which although is not pleasant to watch is important in demonstrating how Tonya's character was developed. Alison Janey is superb as the chain smoking, emotionally void mother who fails at every opportunity to demonstrate any love to her daughter but who does deliver some hilarious lines. As for authenticity it is difficult to know. We are meant to see Tonya as a victim - she has to work; make her own outfits; and is married to an underachieving and de-masculated husband, with an even sadder molly coddled friend, Shawn. I found it hard to believe Tonya didn't know about deliberate attempt to hurt Nancy, her fellow competitor and the film is deliberately vague. There is not sense of Tonya sympathising with the victim either. Sone great 1980's makeup and impressive ice dancing scenes but I wasn't left with a dry throat emotion that the real thing brings out.

    Verdict
    Very entertaining, funny and rather sad too!

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