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"I, Tonya" soars in opening weekend

11 Décembre 2017

The Neon film I, Tonya opened in NY and Los Angeles on December 8 and will hit theaters around the country in subsequent weeks.

It's not exactly at the Gary Oldman-as-Winston Churchill level, but Margot Robbie is getting high marks for disappearing underneath the skin of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding in the new mockumentary I, Tonya. Harding, played in the film by Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad, The Wolf of Wall Street), was banned for life from the sport.

I, Tonya is now playing in NY and Los Angeles and opens nationwide in January. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy has forever been defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived and worse-executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan in 1994.

Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan at the fateful 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit. GETTY IMAGES
Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan at the fateful 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit. GETTY IMAGES

Craig Gillespie's movie - an "I, Claudius" for less-regal times - isn't a sober reassessment of Harding.

The approach sometimes spoils the fun of "I, Tonya" but Tatiana S. Riegel's editing is kinetic and the performances keep the film hurtling forward, especially that of Allison Janney. Paul Walter Hauser, Julianne Nicholson, Bobby Cannavale and Mckenna Grace also star.

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