I, Tonya – when a film promises so much alternative truth, how can you be bothered?

By Rev. Bruce Batchelor-Glader

Photo: NEON

While older adults will remember the scandal of the 1994 U. S. Figure Skating Championship when skater Nancy Kerrigan (Caitlin Carver) was injured in an attack eventually connected with skater Tonya Harding (Robbie) and her husband Jeff Gillooly (Sebastian Stan), these events will be news to a younger audience who will be seeing them unfold onscreen in I, Tonya. In many ways the planning and execution of this attack was so unexpected and bonkers, you just couldn’t make this stuff up.

Except, of course, when you would make stuff up. I, Tonya admits right at the start that it is going to be presenting this story from a number of different viewpoints (“based on irony-free, wildly contradictory, totally true interviews with Tonya Harding and Jeff Gillooly,”), which just happen to not quite line up with one another.

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