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09 Aug 2022

Waterford Movie Night: 'I, Tonya is a tragedy of epic proportions'

Scandal and sport collide with shocking and devastating results in the darkly comic biopic I, Tonya.

It tells the true story of the rise of US figure skater Tonya Harding, played to perfection by Margot Robbie, who becomes the first American woman to land the notoriously difficult ‘triple axel’ in a skating competition. This achievement came in the face of much derision from both judges and spectators who thought that ‘Trashy Tonya’ wasn’t the right image for either their sport or country. Not to mention the lifetime of physical and mental abuse she suffered at the hands of her horrendous mother Lavonna, played by award-winning Allison Janney.

Tonya’s fall from grace occurs when her selfish husband Jeff (Stan Sebastian) plots to take out her fellow competitor Nancy Kerrigan for a place on the Olympic team. The rest as they say is history, or is it?

This film is a mockumentary in that the characters involved speak directly to the camera. This leads us to question how involved was Tonya in the attack on the other skater? Just who is really telling the truth? What is the truth anyway? According to Tonya herself, “everybody has their own truth’.

We are left guessing long after the end credits roll. That coupled with the sharp dialogue, breathtaking skating scenes and ultimate ruination of what would have been an illustrious career make this a tragedy of epic proportions.

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