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The Best and Worst of Margot Robbie

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Margot Robbie has been in plenty of films, and with great talent, she'll be in many more. Here are her five best and worst films.

Margot Robbie has been in plenty of films, and with great talent, she'll be in many more. Here are her five best and worst films.

Prologue

With beauty, brains, and talent, Margot Robbie is the full package. She was born in Australia and got her start in the Australian soap opera Neighbors. After landing a few small roles, she finally hit fame in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street. But is Margot's career as perfect as her teeth? In this article I will list her five best and five worst films and as always will include a complete rated filmography at the bottom.

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The Best

1. I, Tonya

In today's world, there's hardly anything that's not controversial. But in 1994, something happened that shook the figure skating world, something that's still talked about today. There's been many theories questioning the story, but regardless of what you believe happened, the truth is here in the fantastic and heartbreaking film I, Tonya.

The film follows the life of Tonya Harding from when she was a young child through the time after the 1994 Olympics. She was severely abused by both her mother and her on-and-off boyfriend/husband Jeff Gillooly. Despite her hindrances in life, she still aspired to be the best figure skater in the world. No matter how well she did or how hard she tried, she still faced obstacle after obstacle, the world seemingly against her when all she wanted was to feel loved.

Allison Janney and Margot Robbie both gave extraordinary performances. Allison made you really hate Levona, Tonya's verbally and physically abusive mother, while Margot made you feel sorry about Tonya. What she went through definitely was heartbreaking. It's something no one should ever have to go through but is sadly prevalent in many people's lives. In one scene, Tonya says: "Nancy gets hit once and the whole world shits, but getting hit was an everyday occurrence for me." Tonya often blamed herself or thought she deserved her abuse, which only made the ultimate outcome even more saddening. Margot and Allison did their jobs very well and certainly earned their Oscar nominations. Just a side note, Margot actually did all the skating stunts. She trained for 5 months in order to do this film and the effort she put in definitely showed.

Director Craig Gillespie has done drama before but never anything as in-depth as this was. He certainly reached a whole new level of skill and I hope to see him continue reaching higher. What is a true shame is that Gillespie was not nominated for the directing Oscar, which is a major snub.

In conclusion, I was impressed with the film. I, Tonya made me laugh, made me cry, and made me wish Tonya had been given a better life. She had such a great talent, but being raised in an abusive home and having an abusive husband set her on a path that was almost impossible to overcome. Would she have been the world's best figure skater had she been raised in a good household? Who knows. She may have become the world's greatest history teacher. Either way, she was always meant for greatness, it's just a shame that greatness was stolen from her. I give the film a perfect 4 out of 4.

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2. The Wolf of Wall Street

Based on a true story, the film follows Jordan Belfort as he becomes a wealthy stockbroker and how he became involved in crime and corruption, which eventually led to his downfall. Leonardo DiCaprio was brilliant as always. He always has this intensity about him that he's able to project onto the screen. Margot Robbie's acting was brilliant, especially considering this was her first major role. She dominated her role and had great chemistry with Leo. I sincerely hope they work together again in the future.

As for the film itself, it told a story that sadly a lot of people on Wall Street have succumbed to. They get rich quick, they get high-minded and feel like they're on top of the world, and pretty soon they get the idea that they're untouchable. They start dabbling in criminal activities and doing drugs and buying up everything they see. It's a regular trifecta that has brought many men to their knees, Jordan being one of them.

The film was brilliantly written and directed, which is something I've come to expect from Martin Scorsese and Leo DiCaprio. Those two are like Gold Medalists, everyone strives to be them but only a few even come close. I give the film a 4 out of 4.

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3. About Time

About Time is not only a romantic and comedic film, but it's true to the spirit and heart. It captures the things we think and/or do, and also what we often wish we could change, then goes one step further and gives us a meaning and understanding that most films don't give. It helps us appreciate our lives, whether we can change it or not, and helps to show that some mistakes are good things in the long run. Some mistakes can lead to even greater things. That's what Tim discovers in this film, and it's something we all should discover for ourselves.

In About Time, Tim is told on his 21st birthday that the men in his family have always had the unique ability to travel back in time within their own lives and relive certain moments or even fix the mistakes that most never could. Tim thinks he's found the love of his life in the lovely Charlotte, and tries his best to use his time travel gift to win her over. But some things are not meant to be because one day you may meet your Mary, a beautiful and intelligent woman with a sharp wit. The events that follow are both comedic and dramatic, just as life is. The film will make you smile and it will break your heart, but it will also leave a beautiful message with you that you'll carry for years to come. I give the film a 4 out of 4.

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4. Terminal

Terminal is a remarkable piece of filmmaking that requires both your mind and your careful sight. Every scene is just a piece of a larger puzzle that is unfolded out of order. I have seen many people bash it, but I think those people simply don't understand it. Although all is explained in the end, it still seems people were quicker to hate than opening their mind and letting the madness seep inside.

The film follows the stories of several different people, all with dark pasts, all linking back to Margot Robbie's character Annie.

Margot Robbie has developed quite the talent over the years. Her wide-eyes and wide smile almost compliment the madness that must be flipping around in her mind. I am completely convinced that she has a depth that hasn't even been reached yet but her performance in this film at least scratches the surface of her psyche.

I've always believed that it takes mental to understand mental, and this film most certainly is just that. It almost takes the route Cloud Atlas took in the sense that the puzzle is assembled out of order and requires the audience to actually put some thought into it. Perhaps that's why it didn't go over well with some viewers. Maybe it was too much thinking for the common audience. Maybe it was too crazy. Either way, this film was top-shelf for me. I give it a 4 out of 4.

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5. The Suicide Squad

James Gunn is a true master of his craft. From Slither to Guardians of the Galaxy, his direction has brought life to characters that no one else put stock into. His brilliant taste in music has made the Guardians films and The Belko Experiment unforgettable. His latest project, The Suicide Squad, also has a powerful soundtrack and the brilliant usage of characters that, once again, most people disregarded for years. Seriously, how many people could say 5, 10, or 20 years ago that they'd one day be enamored by Polka Dot Man or Ratcatcher? Only in the hands of James Gunn could that have happened.

The film follows a group of villains who have been recruited by Amanda Waller to join Task Force X in order to infiltrate a secret base and destroy all data relating to Operation Starfish. Who will live? Who will die? You never know with James Gunn. And no, I'm not telling you. Watch the film. One piece of advice: don't get attached.

What's the strong points of the film? Well, every single scene in this film is a strong point. Literally, everything that happens has a purpose and every moment builds up until the final scene. Nothing happens by accident.

One of the brilliant aspects of the film was its dark humor. The competition between Peacemaker and Bloodsport was hilarious and disturbing at the same time, the mental instability of Polka Dot Man made you laugh and sympathize at the same time, and Harley was at her absolute best and craziest.

I don't particularly like to compare characters, because every character is different and portrayed in different ways, but I have to say I much preferred Idris Elba's Bloodsport from this film over Will Smith's Deadshot in the first film. Perhaps it's because David Ayer didn't get to share his true vision before the studio took over and Gunn did, I'm not sure. I am grateful, however, that Gunn was able to make this the way he wanted to make it. There's so many ways the major villain Starro could have turned out horrifically but there was always the sense of danger and the film was unpredictable the whole way through.

I'm not much of a fan of athletes who turn to acting just to keep their names relevant, but wow John Cena has been killing it lately. His performance as Peacemaker was fantastic and I for one can not wait for his upcoming solo series. If you want a true American superhero, Peacemaker is about as American as it gets.

I loved the emotional moments. Who would have ever thought you'd be tearing up over Polka Dot Man or Ratcatcher? Their backstories were so heartbreaking for different reasons and the relationship that formed between these characters was a true familial bond that you don't see done very well in other big-cast films. In The Suicide Squad, you literally feel for everyone.

In conclusion, I can't rave enough about this film. There was not one single thing I disliked about it. It was literally a perfect masterpiece with perfect casting and perfect directing. Undoubtedly, The Suicide Squad gets a 4 out of 4.

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The Worst

And now we come to the dreaded section that absolutely no one likes to read. We want to read it, though, because we want to know what films are worth the time and what films aren't. So, let's trudge forward into the Worst section and hope we all make it out alive.

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1. I.C.U.

This could have been the most spectacular horror film. Could have. Was it, though? No, not even close. I.C.U. was almost the equivalent of nails on a chalkboard. It screeched by slowly and took your will to keep listening away. It "borrowed" from Rear Window heavily and instead of making a great homage film, they turned it into a horribly edited, horribly acted, and horribly directed film. On top of that, there were three or four plot twists in the last ten minutes. The only performance worth mentioning is Margot's. You could tell she was trying her best in a film that needed a lot of work and a lot more work after that. In fact, the only reason this film isn't getting a Death By Exile rating is because of Margot Robbie. I instead give the film a 0.5 out of 4.

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2. Vigilante

Vigilante is a film that shows you the ugliness of crime and tries to make good points both for and against vigilantism. Where it ultimately fails is the acting. Absolutely no one is convincing. While it has a good story, it still needed some work. I liked the pros and cons that it gave and I liked the message it was trying to send. Since it has elements I both liked and disliked, I give the film a 2 out of 4.

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3. Slaughterhouse Rulez

Slaughterhouse Rulez is a comedic horror film, telling the story of a British boarding school (aptly named Slaughterhouse) which has fallen victim to a crew of frackers. The fracking causes a sinkhole, which awakens a bunch of creatures who are very hungry. The students must band together to kill the creatures.

What we have here is a classic cheesy horror that can't really find its footing. It seemed like it was trying to be like Slither but instead came off like Animal House meets Tremors.

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost were the best things about the film. They always have that ability to find humor in any situation and bring it to the screen, whether they're in a comedy or a drama. Margot Robbie played Simon's girlfriend Audrey, who was in the Sudan helping sick kids and probably most likely boning her doctor partner. We only see her when the two are Skype-ing but she did have a fairly important role, considering she affected Simon's actions throughout the film.

Slaughterhouse Rulez was basic and average, neither good nor bad, so if you are bored and need to pass the time, feel free to try it out, but I wouldn't put it on your priority list. I give it a 2 out of 4.

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4. Z for Zachariah

Z for Zachariah is set in a dystopian future and tells the story of a young woman who has been on her own for quite a while. A man in full radiation gear comes to her area and, upon discovering the air is clean, decides he wants to stay. She offers him food and shelter and pretty soon the two become close. All that is threatened though when another stranger wanders into town. The two men vie for her affection, each one hoping she'll choose him.

While the film has a good story, it falls short. There's no resolution and no reason given as to why the world is apparently contaminated with radiation and also no reason as to why this particular area is the only place with clean air. There's too much untold information. Maybe if the film had been about 20 minutes longer, we could have gotten the answers we needed. I give the film a 2 out of 4.

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5. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is a film that can't quite decide what it is. Is it a comedy, a drama, a dramedy, a romcom? No one knows! The film follows a journalist who is sent to Afghanistan for some international journalism. She meets all kinds of people there, both good and bad. The film brings to light some interesting information and opens your eyes to how life is in Afghanistan. What the film doesn't do, however, is keep the story and its characters cohesive. Top marks for the actors, especially Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, and Martin Freeman. All three showed incredible range and talent. If only the film could pick which tone it wanted to be, then the film might have been even better. I give Whiskey Tango Foxtrot a 2.5 out of 4.

Filmography

  1. Vigilante - 2 out of 4
  2. I.C.U. - 0.5 out of 4
  3. The Wolf of Wall Street - 4 out of 4
  4. About Time - 4 out of 4
  5. Suite Francaise - 3 out of 4
  6. Z for Zachariah - 2 out of 4
  7. Focus - 3 out of 4
  8. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - 2.5 out of 4
  9. The Legend of Tarzan - 3 out of 4
  10. Suicide Squad - 3.5 out of 4
  11. I, Tonya - 4 out of 4
  12. Goodbye Christopher Robin - 3 out of 4
  13. Peter Rabbit - 3 out of 4
  14. Terminal - 4 out of 4
  15. Slaughterhouse Rulez - 2 out of 4
  16. Mary Queen of Scots - 3 out of 4
  17. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - 4 out of 4
  18. Bombshell - 3.5 out of 4
  19. Dreamland - 3.5 out of 4
  20. Birds of Prey - 3.5 out of 4
  21. The Suicide Squad - 4 out of 4
  22. Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway -
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Conclusion

Margot's talent is is unquestionably fantastic and, in the right hands, she can do great things. But every actor and actress has their downs. While Margot certainly had hers, she has made far more good films than bad, and I find that encouraging for her future in the entertainment business.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2018 Nathan Jasper

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