• Riane Capalad

Each of Their Own "Truth"

Updated: Jul 29

By: Riane Capalad



A real-life story of a dreamer, Tonya, who did not only love skating but considered it as her foundation (her whole life, treasure, and hope). The film itself upholds the beauty of disgrace within its complexity.


According to Kemode, Margot Robbie, who played for Tonya, never showed a slight foot wrong. She was explicit and a natural actress. She perfectly showed the excellent performance of the outrageous champion skater Tonya Harding in her 2017 biopic movie.

The process of the film was quite intimidating; in the first part of the scene, one can see how uniquely the characters carried their own version of the truth of Tonya in their life. Tonya's ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, with whom she had an abusive on and off relationship, became the narrative product of her hard-headed mother's treatment of her (As per Harding, longing for a brutal affection she experienced growing up).


Sandy Golden, the mother to be named, sacrificed almost everything for Tonya, including her daughter's love which played a vital role in Tonya's character development.


Each persona of the characters was given the spotlight to express their identity in Harding's life. The punchy personality of Tonya is an outcome of her experiences with the people who surround her. Making it more cynical in Tonya's viewpoint, her life was, in fact, a misery, yet somehow authentic with the beauty of surviving fist and guts.

I would suggest that they should've also given more exposure to Tonya's father and what happened after he left because he was there to watch her in the real-life winter Olympics. Nonetheless, the biography movie portrayed a cynical approach to reality. And with the "incident" that made Tonya, a villainous legacy stapled a survivor in history. Tonya, who only seeks real love and affinity, always finds herself at the end of distress.

Even from all the hardships that she encountered, we see a pop icon legacy that will always live in our generation and the next,

"Everybody has their own 'truth'" - Tonya


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DR.C