This sorta bio-pic of the scandal hit skater Tonya Harding shows how she will forever be infamous for the 1994 attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan. The abused redneck Tonya endures her demonic mother, a father who walks out, endless abuse, a foul husband and she’s deeply miserable and not aesthetically pleasing. She is however a great skater.
She faces moral indignation for skating to ZZ Top, her tacky costumes, frizzy hair and loud nail polish. Nobody has respect or courtesy for her even though she skated in 2 Winter Olympic Games. Her involvement in the attack on Nancy Kerrigan was career and life defining.
This re-evaluation of Tonya is full of sympathy and committed performances but does underplay what was done to Nancy Kerrigan. This was okay as Tonya gets no emotional succour from anyone and is given to venomous exchanges with everyone. Before he leaves her father hunts rabbits to make her a fur coat which other skaters mock also her mother throws a stake knife into her arm and insults her on her wedding day.
Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney and Julianne Nicholson star. The skating scenes are done well and there is a hilarious re-creation of Tonya’s ‘Rocky IV’ inspired training regime for the 1994 Olympics.
“You don’t marry dumb.”
“You were coming after me! Have you seen yourself?”
“You will not be missed.”
The Cutting Edge (1992)