I, Tonya (2017)

  • Last year, when I posted about LA LA LAND, I raved about its trailer. I loved the “City of Stars” trailer for that movie – it was fucking fantastic.

This was not the case for I, TONYA. The trailer frightened me when I saw it for the first time. Not in a horror sort of way – but in an uncomfortable sort of way – it made me feel repelled & uncomfortable & slightly confused (which is based on the fact that Margot Robbie looks nothing like Tonya Harding). Suffice it to say – I did not want to watch the trailer again – nor did I want to watch the movie.

…But, you know……Allison Janney…Oscar nominations……Allison Janney…

So, I saw it.

  • I thought this was a very well put together movie, and they chose a great cast – but I just didn’t enjoy it very much.
  • Now – before you say something to the effect of ‘Not all movies are meant to be enjoyed – not all subject matters are gonna lead to a happy fun time,’ – yes. Hello. I know. I for sure know how to enjoy watching movies, despite dark or upsetting subject matter. However – despite appreciating certain aspects of this movie – I just really didn’t get much enjoyment out of it.
  • Let’s go back to the Margot-Robbie-looks-nothing-like-Tonya-Harding thing. Because she doesn’t, and it was really distracting to me. It was distracting to the point that – although Margot Robbie did a fabulous job in her role – I never really bought her as Tonya Harding, even for a second, which made watching the movie pretty hard.
  • My next negative thing to say is about the goddamn audience in the theater I went to! Until her last 3-ish scenes, a ton of people laughed at everything Allison Janney (or I guess, Tonya Harding’s mother LaVona) said. What the fuck?! This is a (pretty) true story and that lady was the devil, & half the audience laughed at her the whole time. What the hell?!
  • Disregarding my stupid-ass fellow moviegoers entirely – Allison Janney was phenomenal. She nailed it, as, you know, Allison Janney always does. Man, she was good.
  • I thought they did a solid job with the soundtrack to the movie – although I sure wish they hadn’t used Dire Straits’ “Romeo & Juliet” over the top of Tonya Harding & Jeff Gillooly (Sebastian Stan) making out for the first time. That’s one of my very favorite songs, and I don’t like it being associated with a “romance” as horrendous as theirs turned out to be. But – (sigh) – it’s a great song, and musically, I suppose it fit well with the scene.
  • I thought “The Chain” (Fleetwood Mac) was used very well, too.
  • Costumes (credit: Jennifer Johnson) & hair-styling (credit: Mary Everett) were A+.
  • I don’t know y’all – it was good, but I don’t think it’ll be one that really lasts. It was extremely sound in a lot of ways, but it just wasn’t super special, in the end. (Which, by the way, has nothing to do with the film’s subject.)
  • But you go, Allison Janney. You befriend that parrot.
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