Best of the Year: I, Tonya
I’d have to say that the most entertaining and interesting movie I viewed this year was I, Tonya (2018).
I remember hearing how Nancy Kerrigan was hit in the knee in an attempt to remove her from skating competition against Tonya Harding, but I never knew the whole story, or what happened to Tonya after her skating career. This movie filled in a lot of holes, and answered some of my questions.
Tonya’s father divorced her mother while she was in elementary school. Her mother was very abusive and constantly belittled her. The only thing Tonya enjoyed in life was her skating. When she got older, she dated (and married) a man who was also physically and verbally abusive. They split up, but the ex-husband was trying to help Tonya win the skating competition. A friend took it upon himself to take drastic action, and this ended up ruining Tonya’s skating career.
The film is very well done. It “breaks the fourth wall”, meaning the actor addresses the audience. Although the storyline is somewhat dark, there’s a lot of humor in it. It appears to be “true” to the story. Harding denies direct participation in the crime (assaulting Kerrigan), but I have doubts about her story. Nevertheless, it’s an entertaining and fast-paced movie, and you should take the time to view it.
– Carl White (Local History Librarian)