The Movie: 8/10
Most of us know the story, or part of the story, of when Nancy Kerrigan got her knee whacked by someone. We found out it might be something to do with Tonya Harding, and then the drama began. Hollywood movies don’t tell us the truth, they are meant to entertain. If they involve a “real life event” be sure there is fiction mixed in to make it more interesting, so don’t hang your hat on the “facts” that seem to come through in this or any biopic movie.
That all being said, this is a really good movie and I felt like I had a different understanding of the people, if not fully accurate, just different. The performances are all amazing, of course. Everyone is harsh and hard-core and every other word I can think of to make them seem severe. The mom won an Oscar for her performance, so there ya go. Our leading lady, Margot, was nominated for leading actress. We have a lot of quality here people and it makes this movie so so good.
Let’s not skip over the fact that Margo Robbie learned to ice skate for this movie….enough said! Commitment and it shows in all of her scenes, not just the skating moments.
From scene to scene I’m riveted to what will happen next. I was disgusted by the people who were supposed to be disgusting. I had some sympathy for the people who they wanted me to have sympathy for, and that says a lot about the writing and directing. It’s the performances and the slight quirkiness of some of the scenes that make this movie memorable.
I know it’s not a true representation of what actually happened that day when Kerrigan was injured, but it does fill in a few heart-felt details, true or exaggerated, about the people involved. We all know losers and liars and people who live their lives as if they were rejects from the Jerry Springer show, and I think this movie might have a few of these as the real life inspiration for how it was written and performed.
Overall I recommend I, Tonya. It’s funny with tragedy and pain and you will get so annoyed with the people, which is a good thing because these people (as portrayed in this movie) deserve it.
- Feature Commentary With Craig Gliiespie
- Deleted Scenes (17 Minutes) – A selection of scenes removed from the final cut. Nothing really noteworthy here.
- Behind The Scenes (15 Minutes) – Five small EPK style featurettes that range from Special effects work to acting.
- Blu-ray, DVD & UV Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 8/10
I, Tonya comes to Blu-ray courtesy of Universal and a 1080P 2.39:1 transfer. This is a very detailed transfer and has that HD look to it we have all come to enjoy. The movie is awash with brown and shadows but that never pulls it down. The scenes with actors being interviewed are presented in a square aspect ratio and weirdly those look sharper than the main film segments. The transfer is free from artifacting and shadow detail is impeccable.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is perfect for a music driven movie like this. The soundtrack is incredible with hits from the 80’s and 90’s in equal measure. Dialog is clean and central and the odd action sequence features some LFE bass from the subwoofer. Surround speakers light up during the skating scenes and anywhere a crowd is present.
Overall Score 8/10