Satirical, bitingly funny films like I, Tonya live and die by how game the performers are to give it all.
U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding is infamous, and anyone with an eye on the news in 1994 will surely remember the case.
Margot Robbie — the beauty in Tarzan and Wolf of Wall Street — has shown she’s willing to go-for-broke.
Her turn as comic-book character Harley Quinn was one of the few revered things in the ill-fated Suicide Squad film, and she earns an Oscar nomination here in her best role to date.
She’s a foul-mouthed, sassy and spiteful competitor who endured a hellish life. Driven to compete and pushed to her limits by her mother, and pushed around by her hapless husband, it’s hard not to feel for Robbie, and the real-life Harding as a result.
Sebastian Stan — Bucky Barnes in Captain America — is unrecognizable as her terrible husband, and Allison Janney seems destined for a Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as the mother.
It’s a bleak film at times, but it’s also one of the most madcap efforts of the year.