I, Tonya

I wasn’t sure what to expect from “I, Tonya”, the story of Tonya Harding’s rise to fame and then her fall. Well, I was pleasantly surprised. First, the story was told in documentary style with the characters being interviewed. Second, it was told with a lot of humor because the people involved were so horrible to each other that if it was done any other way the story would be totally depressing. I knew that Harding came from a lower class background, but I did not know how abusive most of her relationships were. Her mother is a monster, but she recognized Tonya’s talent. Her way of encouraging her was to put her down in terrible ways, even physically abusing her. From her mother’s house she went to her husband’s, Jeff Gillooly, another abusive loser whose best friend gives new definition to stupid. According to the movie Tonya was a victim of all this stupidity and being surrounded by idiots. Margot Robbie does an incredible job as Harding and Allison Janney is brilliant as her mother. Very entertaining and well done.