Who here remembers the events of the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillihammer?
Particularly, the ‘incident’ that rocked the skating world just before?
I, Tonya (Release Date: January 2018)
Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.
Director: Craig Gillespie
Rating/ Runtime: R 2 Hrs
When the whole Tonya Harding vs Nancy Kerrigan thing went down I was 13 so the specific details of Kerrigan’s attack weren’t really on my radar. I was watching the Olympics that year and of course I had heard about it but being a kid at the time, meant that other things were on my mind.
Watching this ‘mockumentary’ or biopic which tells the story from Harding’s perspective very interesting. There was no question she was an amazing skater. She was after all, the first woman in the world to land a triple-axle. The question is, is this version of her story the truth?
Margot Robbie gives a spot on performance as Harding (Love her!) and Allison Janney’s portrayal as her mother? Wow! It’s enough to give you nightmares. If we are to believe the movie, Tonya Harding was a skating prodigy but she was also severely abused her whole life. First by her mother and then by her husband. It’s amazing to me that she was able to train as hard as she did with that kind of tragic life. But again, this is her version of the truth.
If any of it is true and I’m sure there are some parts that are, it is impossible not to feel for this woman. If she was truly innocent of her ex-husband’s misdeeds, then the one good thing, her driving force in life, was taken away from her, forever.
This movie was very different from what I expected but I did find myself riveted, if only because of the talented leading lady. If you are curious about it, the film is on Netflix and I think you’ll find it an interesting watch.