I, Tonya. Craig Gillespie. 2017. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Everything re The Incident was GARBAGE. Endless scenes of Frustrated Borefuck Winter Soldier Makes me bARF! Delusional Fat Guy was an SNL sketch that gets cut at read through. If it'd been Act 1=Hardings fucked life Act 2=Aftermath of incident Act 3=post-incident fuckery that complicates casting her as tragic antihero.. ya that's a great movie. Robbie is so fuckn incredible giving Stan near-equal footing is TRAGIC. & just to continue pissing on Stan... he is absolutely unconvincing as white trash, somehow worse than Andrew Garfield in 99 Homes. But he shouldn't catch all the blame cuz his character is so terribly written it could be used as the basis for a course on how NOT to write a character. The dozen-or-so attempts at humanizing him are SOOOO GRATING. "Aw shucks I didn't go to college cuz of Tonya" "Golly and I guess I really ruined her life *single tear*" "Delusional Fat Fuck friend... I am angry at you!!!" "I may beat the shit out of her but I can sure swing some dick amiright??" etc etc until the end of time. 2nd rant! All the hemming and hawing about the effectiveness or noneffectiveness of the commentary, meta-commentary, etc is off to me. This movie doesn't have a single original thought about American Culture. Period. The only interesting move it makes is it gives a fuckn reject like Harding the opportunity to be the one proffering the systemic critiques. She's over here giving her shit mom and her scumbag husband opportunity after opportunity then trying to trash the audience for taking in the shitshow? She's not wrong, but her position is bananas, and that's where all the juice comes from. Side thought: I love Bobby C but his character is so fuckn asinine. If he had just popped up toward the end of the movie and said "Yea I used to have her tired flattened and her car towed so we could get pictures of her to feed the news cycle"... that would've been pretty great. But his purpose is seemingly mostly to feed exposition into the most boring and worthless segment of the movie (again, The Incident). Soo yea that's most of my shit I have to talk. What I love about this: Robbie, Janney, the Coach, the special effects (wowza this is one of the coolest uses of pointedly unreal special effects I've ever seen), and just how it subverts sports movie genre tropes by front-ending all the triumph and having her fuck ups, misses, and so on close it out. If the focus had been more on her career, her relationship to the skate world, etc., and less about her dumbfuck husband, that shit would've been all the better. I really love so much of this movie, such that the ways in which it fails disappoint me immensely.