February 20, 2018

Rule-breaking “I, Tonya” should be Oscar frontrunner

Ben DaviesRebel Host | Rebel Reel Reviews

I've already reviewed Oscar nominated films like Dunkirk and Three Billboards... Today I'll look at a movie that doesn't fit neatly into any categories, but which definitely deserves to be a frontrunner.

I, Tonya is a stylized account of the life of figure skater Tonya Harding, who gained notoriety 20 years ago when her arch-rival was assaulted by Harding's associates.

It's very difficult to watch all the horrific verbal and physical abuse depicted on screen, but by wrapping these events in comedy, the filmmakers took this tragic, bizarre story to a higher level.

You can't help but wonder what Tonya Harding's life would have been life if she'd been born and raised in a better environment.


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commented 2018-02-22 13:22:31 -0500
I don’t want to spoil anything. Just watch it. It’s certainly worth your movie watching time.
commented 2018-02-21 22:40:14 -0500
Why don’t you explain it Vincent.
commented 2018-02-21 16:21:35 -0500
You have to watch the movie to understand why she is appearing at award shows and red carpets.
commented 2018-02-21 15:18:14 -0500
Well I just watched a few trailers and I must say it looks sort of funny in a twisted, mocking sort of way. Tonya showing up for the award show for the movie and the interviews she did were in bad taste in my opinion. You’d think she would be embarrassed. I’m kind of embarrassed for her. If she is that pathetic and fragile a creature why isn’t someone advising her to stay out of it. It makes a mockery of her. I have to ask why she would put herself out to promote such a movie. Actually it seems kind of cruel to have asked her to. But if you can get past how distasteful the whole premise is, it does look funny.
commented 2018-02-21 14:35:19 -0500
Sounds interesting.
commented 2018-02-21 13:27:37 -0500
It is totally told in a dark comedy format. You might just be surprised and change your view on Tonya.
commented 2018-02-21 13:16:28 -0500
It’s possible to be too anything, but I don’t think religion has anything to do with movie recommendations, especially for a movie that some Christians may find offensive as Ben Davies indicated.
commented 2018-02-21 12:02:57 -0500
Goodfellas aside, I don’t believe I’d ever take my movie-going advice from someone who thinks it’s possible to be “too Christian”.
commented 2018-02-21 00:30:14 -0500
Crap, comedy? How can that story be depicted with comedy? Now I have to watch it. It sounds perverse.
commented 2018-02-21 00:27:50 -0500
Maybe if it wasn’t based on a true story Vincent. I think she was complicit, so that wrecks any enjoyment for me. It is like she is profiting from crime. She shouldn’t be getting the attention, at least not while she is alive. It might be an interesting premise for a story when she is dead.
commented 2018-02-20 20:34:56 -0500
You should definitely see it, especially if you love Goodfellas. It is filmed in the same sort of way.
commented 2018-02-20 18:47:23 -0500
No interest in seeing this movie.
commented 2018-02-20 18:13:47 -0500
No time for Tanya whatsoever.
commented 2018-02-20 18:03:56 -0500
It was really good, but not great.

My favorite films were Billboards, Florida Project, Get Out and Ladybird.
commented 2018-02-20 17:54:47 -0500
I highly recommend this film. Deserves much more recognition than it is getting. It was a hoot.