Really, Margot Robbie continues to dazzle here in the states as an Aussie actress who loves and excels at playing complex, conflicted women. Allison Janney notches in what will undoubtedly be one of her most memorable performances in her career as Tonya Harding’s tough love obsessed mother. By the end, you very likely might have a lot more sympathy and empathy for Tonya Harding.
Also, screenwriter Steven Rogers’ decision to tell the story from everyone’s side (as they all seem to disagree wildly on how things happens) really made this one hell of a biopic and a reminder of truly crazy this whole affair was. Director Craig Gillespie gives a stylish panache with quick, swooping camera making the whole film a real ride through Harding’s unfortunately rough and tumble life.
With all of that said, I, Tonya stands alongside with The Disaster Artist, Lady Bird, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as one of the strongest classes of comedy in an awards season in a very, very long time. It’s at 89% on Rotten Tomatoes if you rely on that score more than what we say.