An ambitious, sometimes entertaining take on the iconic, scandal-ridden figure skater. Maybe overly ambitious, as I'm not sure Gillespie quite pulled off what he was going for here. It's tone and structure were all over the place, but the stuff that worked were very good. Margot Robbie as the titular character is an interesting performance. I enjoyed it when I try to ignore she was trying to play Tonya Harding. I liked what she was doing, her comic timing is…
I've never been a teenage girl. I've never been to Sacramento. I didn't go to Catholic school. I've never been a big fan of Greta Gerwig's prior work. But this movie spoke to me so much. It's just so authenticate and human and so devoid of the cliches that permeate these kinds of movies. It takes a story that isn't unfamiliar to movie audiences and moves it in an unexpected, delightful, and incredibly insightful direction. And while Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf are getting most of the attention for their performances (deservedly so, both are sensational), the entire ensemble is a delight. A must see.