I, Tonya (M18)
Starring Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney
Directed by Craig Gillespie
Margot Robbie plays real-life figure skater Tonya Harding but the story of how she fell from grace — for her involvement in the attacking of rival Nancy Kerrigan — feels made up.
This is because director Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) has approached the too-weird-to-be-true story as a This is Spinal Tap-ish mockmentary, so everything comes across as a parody.
Sure, it’s funny (especially in scenes with Sebastian Stan and Allison Janney as Harding’s abusive ex and wannabe Tiger mum, respectively), but am I supposed to sympathise with Harding or spit at her? Mixed signals, there. One thing’s clear, though: Robbie is amazing. (***)