Unbridled ambition to rival Nicole Kidman’s “To Die For,” Tonya Harding’s story may be the dark comedy of the season. The first woman to land a triple axel in competition and one of only eight in the history of the sport, Harding was banned for life from skating competition. Spanning the early years of the champ’s life, and climaxing with her involvement in the assault of rival Nancy Kerrigan, this is a rocket blast of a tale of unvarnished brutality, unspeakable heartbreak and non-stop excitement.
Behind every performer there is a stage mom. Behind Tonya is her rink mom LaVona Golden. Although Margot Robbie gets the screen time, and deserves every bit of it, it is Allison Janney who steals the show. LaVona is a divorced single mom working as a waitress and spending every dime she has on making her daughter a champion. (CONTINUED)