The film portrayed Harding in different ways. She is a victim of abuse, first through her relationship with her mother, and then her husband. The film was relentless in showing violent episodes, but it also shows Harding as a fighter. She fought her own battles against the people around her, the prejudice against her image against other skaters, and her own inner demons as she relentlessly skated to earn her place. With her tenacity, she was also portrayed as exceedingly proud. She would demand reasons why she wasn’t scoring as well even if she proclaimed she was the better skater. She declared that any mistake that happened was not her doing. She thought of herself better than her peers. She was being herself, and that is all that mattered to her.
Margot Robbie played Tonya Harding really well. She was able to bring an array of emotions to the character and show the different sides of Harding. The character demanded a lot from Robbie. I think Harding can be an exhausting character to play because she was complex and her life was complex. Margot Robbie was able to bring all that, but I think she needed to push herself a little further. She did make Harding someone to root for, even if her side of events may not be truthful.
This was an interesting biography, and I like how it went with its narration. The scenes depicting certain events were cut by interviews done by the characters in ‘present’ time, as it brought focus to what the film wanted to tackle on Harding’s life. Breaking the fourth wall was also a good move in direction. There wasn’t a dull moment, but it did take its time building to the climax of the film.