In a dazzling bodycon dress, the disgraced figure skater, Tonya Harding, made her triumphant return to the public eye at the 75th Annual Golden Globes. Despite winning the 1991 National Figure Skating Championships and being one of the only skaters in American history to execute a triple axel jump, Harding is probably best known for her suspected involvement in the attack on her fan-favorite competitor, Nancy Kerrigan, orchestrated by Harding’s abusive ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, shortly before the 1994 Winter Olympics. This incident left Harding banned for life from the US Figure Skating Association and branded as a national disgrace.
The new film, “I, Tonya,” starring Margot Robbie as Harding, retells Harding’s unbelievable story for a new generation. Released just in time for the 2018 Winter Olympics, “I, Tonya” brilliantly recounts Harding’s life, from her working class upbringing in Portland, Oregon to her rise to (and fall from) national figure skating fame. Graphically depicting the constant mental abuse Harding suffered from her mother (played by Allison Janney), the film raises awareness of the fact that child abuse can take many forms- it’s not only violent, drunk fathers who abuse their children, mothers are just as capable! The film is a funny yet emotional ride through Harding’s life and the unfortunate events that led to the premature end of the career of one of America’s best figure skaters. Gorgeous cinematography, phenomenal acting, and real, raw dialogue have made “I, Tonya” one of the most successful and enjoyable films so far this year. Janney won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress, and the film also received nominations for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Actress – Musical or Comedy for Robbie’s performance. The film has also received three Oscar nominations. 5/5 stars
– Claire Reid