I, TONYA HITS THE MARK

Margot Robbie transforms into the ice queen

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BY: Rudie Obias

One of the most buzzed about movies this season is I, Tonya, the biopic about the rise and fall of figure skater, Tonya Harding. It made its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival last September, but is now starting to gain momentum with critics as it leads up to its December release.

Starring Margot Robbie, the movie tells the crazy, true story of Harding’s alleged involvement in the brutal knee-bashing attack against her rival Nancy Kerrigan at the National Figure Skating Championship before the Winter Olympic Games in 1994. The film is set from Tonya’s point-of-view and also features a biting look at tabloid journalism from the early 90s.

Margot Robbie trades in her sexy demeanor from The Wolf of Wall Street and her insane behavior from Suicide Squad for the broken and damaged Tonya. She really shows off her full range as an actor in a film some are calling the Good Fellas of figure skating.

As you may glean from the trailer, I, Tonya, directed by Craig Gillespie, is a spicy one with foul language and raw emotions that shaped Harding’s career on the ice and in the public eye. The movie is already on the short lists for the Academy Awards especially for Allison Janney who plays Tonya’s hideous mother, Sebastian Stan as her blue collar boyfriend, and Bobby Cannavale as a reporter for Hard Copy.

I, Tonya hits theaters everywhere on December 8.