ROBBIE’S A SKATE BLOOMER
New film early Oscars favourite
MARGOT Robbie is well and truly getting her Oscar skates on — and the chances of her picking up the best actress award are snow joke.
The first reviews of I, Tonya, a “black comedy” telling the incredible and shockingly true story of American figure skater Tonya Harding — have seen it dubbed “one of the best movies of the Oscar season”.
Harding’s infamous story is one of the most scandalous in American sport. In 1994 the already controversial athlete was banned for life after pleading guilty over her role in the kneecap attack on rival and fellow US Olympics skater Nancy Kerrigan.
Robbie stars in the “frenetic” biopic alongside awarding winning actors Allison Janney and Bobby Cannavale.
Legendary film critic Peter Travers said the 27-year-old Aussie is amazing.
“A never-better Robbie (holds) up a mirror to the tabloid America most of us ignore or dismiss — and makes us see ourselves reflected in it, too. I, Tonya is funny as hell, but the pain is just as real. You’ll laugh till it hurts,” he wrote in Rolling Stone.
The AV Club said Robbie’s transformation into Harding is wonderful.
“From the opening minutes ... it’s clear that Margot Robbie has disappeared into the role of disgraced figure skater and pop culture punching bag Tonya Harding. Robbie’s take on Harding — more of a spiritual embodiment than a mannerism-obsessed impression — never feels like any kind of anti-vanity stunt.”
And Parade Magazine said “Robbie spins, twirls and soars in this magnificently smudged, grandly sympathetic portrait that digs deep into the dirty, damaged roots beneath the tabloid headlines”.
The Village Voice said the movie, which is released in Australia in March, “offers thoughtful and somewhat objective critiques, plus much seriously dark humour that’ll elicit a lot of uncomfortable gasps of laughter — and invites you to ponder difficult truths”. While Forbes summed it up as “one of the best movies of the Oscar season”.
Robbie and the real Harding actually met on the red carpet of the film’s New York premiere this week.
Robbie said Harding was “incredibly lovely”. “I thought I was going to meet her to placate her (about the portrayal) but really she was more worried about me, how I was doing with the ice skating, how I was doing with the fame at a young age,” she said.
(Clockwise from main) Margot Robbie at the I, Tonya premiere, with Tonya Harding, a poster for the movie, and starring as the infamous skater. Main picture: Getty Images