I, Tonya is one of my favourite films in competition at the Academy Awards, alongside Phantom Thread. And I’m pretty sure it’s largely because both movies have neurotic characters that breathed life into the films. And strong female protagonists to make one feel empowered, and maybe inspired. This film’s script was written so well, thank you Steven Rogers!
I, Tonya was bursting with life from start to end. We look at a dysfunctional family that raised Tonya to be who she was. Life was hard on her, and as a figure skater, it was nearly impossible for her to portray herself as a graceful and elegant skater when none of that was taught to her at home.
Poor fuckin’ you. I didn’t stay home making apple brown betties. No, I made you a champion, knowing you’d hate me for it. That’s the sacrifice a mother makes. I wish I had a mother like me instead of nice. Nice gets you shit. I didn’t like my mother either, so what, I fuckin’ gave you a gift.
Allison Janney played the role of LaVona Golden (Tonya’s mother), and I fell head over heels in love with her character. My gosh she was amazing. I’m so proud and so happy for her with all the awards she’s swept up with this performance of hers. I have her friggin’ lines memorised from all the time I spent rewatching scenes/clips of her on youtube. Characters like this, is the main reason why I love reading and watching films. I’m wiling to go through crap for as long as it takes to meet a memorable character.
The film infuriated me, charmed me and it also broke my heart. The fact that it’s based on true events and true accounts, was an added plus point. I loved it very much and I would definitely watch this film again. Highly recommend it.