Release Date: January 19, 2018
Most biopics leave me wondering how much of it is true, but this one states right up front that it is based on Tonya and her husband’s stories which we know are going to be embellished and not entirely truthful. I enjoyed it more that way.
I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. I figured it would be interesting to learn a little about the situation since I didn’t know many of the details. I was 20 when it happened and way to interested in other things to concern myself with skating so it was cool to see what happened even thought it was surely twisted somewhat. The performances here were really good. I thought Margot did well as Tonya but there were a few times I couldn’t tell if she was acting bad or the character was supposed to be played that way. She was nominated for an Oscar for this role so I will assume it was supposed to be played that way. Stan played the husband well and it was a huge departure from his recent roles as Bucky in the Marvel movies which is most of what I know him from so that was interesting. Paul Walter Hauser stole every damn scene he was in. The character (real person) was already silly, but Paul took it to another level. The best damn part of the movie was him talking about being a terrorism consultant and then to see at the end when they show the actual interview where the real person said the same thing looking like a buffoon. Allison Janney won an Oscar for her portrayal of Tonya’s mother and she was deserving of it based on what I saw here. The scenes with the mother were often played for comedic effect, but she still made me hate the woman.
The production was well done and what I appreciated is not thinking about the various technical aspects throughout the movie. The director did an excellent job and didn’t try to impress people with fancy tricks when the movie didn’t call for them and the “tricks” he did use worked well. He got great performances out of his actors and presented the story well. It really was better than I expected and I felt my time was well spent watching this which is always nice.
It is very hard to believe these were real people and what makes it even crazier is that Tonya was a legit world class skater.