Steamy Streaming: Margot Robbie
From I, Tonya to Suicide Squad
After first breaking out in the short-lived ABC series, Pan Am, Margot Robbie has become one of the most sought-after leading ladies in Hollywood. The 28-year-old Australian actor is gearing up to star as Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, as well as the upcoming DC film, Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), which sees her reprise her most iconic role, that of The Joker’s best girl, Harley Quinn, who’s just as crazy as he is, but is much more handy with a comically oversized mallet. Here are five of our favorite Margot Robbie roles for you to stream right now!
Based on the true story of Tonya Harding’s unbelievable life and failed career as a would-be Olympic champion, Margot Robbie was nominated for a slew of acting prizes, including the coveted Academy Award for Best Actress. The award ultimately went to Frances McDormand for her turn in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, but Robbie’s nomination (to say nothing of her performance) sent a message, that she was an A-List star and this is her time. If you have any doubt of the young starlet’s immense talent, watch I, Tonya and then shut up forever… Plus, her bangs are completely gorgeous!
The Wolf of Wall Street
One of Martin Scorsese’s most commercially-successful films ever, The Wolf of Wall Street is a pitch-black satire about 1980s Wall Street yuppies. If the movie has a single crippling weakness, it’s that perhaps not enough people noticed the satirical angle and saw the film as a documentation and celebration of greed. Regardless of certain audiences completely missing the point, The Wolf of Wall Street is also notable for introducing mainstream audiences to Margot Robbie. She was only 23 when the film came out, but turned heads due to her immeasurable beauty and her phenomenal acting chops. She practically eats Leonardo DiCaprio alive in some of their scenes together, and not in a sexy way… Well, usually not in a sexy way.
There are many angles from which one can examine Suicide Squad, David Ayer’s hot mess of a superhero-adjacent spinoff. On one hand, it’s a nigh-incomprehensible hodge-podge of one-dimensional ideas, thinly-written characters, uninspired action sequences, and A-list actors like Viola Davis, Will Smith, and Joel Kinnaman at their absolute least charismatic. On the other, it’s got decent momentum, a fun – if obvious – jukebox soundtrack, and a surprisingly charming turn from Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang.
If Suicide Squad has a secret weapon, however, it’s Margot Robbie. In a film full of missed opportunities and actors who may as well be action figures (looking at you, Jared Leto as the lamest Joker ever), Robbie gives everything she has into her performance as the clown princess of crime, and it pays off, preventing Suicide Squad from being a total disaster. It’s still not a good movie, but it’s at least watchable, and it’s largely thanks to the outstanding talent of one Margot Robbie.
The Legend of Tarzan
This underrated gem came and went in the Summer of 2016. While not a box office bomb, its middling performance ensured no direct sequel would be forthcoming. Nobody’s career was hurt by the affair, but none were lifted, either. It’s a shame, too, because The Legend of Tarzan is a rollicking adventure full of mesmerizing action, deep characterization, hammy villains, and a strong moral message. It also features Alexander Skarsgård running around shirtless and free, the way God intended. Margot Robbie plays Jane Porter, Tarzan’s perennial love interest; it could have been a limited role, but she makes the most out of her screentime and imbues her witty and indignant banter with the ferocity and gravitas of any hard-edged action scene. If you missed this one the first time around, give it another shot; you won’t regret it!
Z for Zachariah
Loosely based on the novel of the same name, Z for Zachariah, a post-apocalyptic romantic thriller, is notable for a few reasons; sadly, its biggest claim to fame is that it was a critical darling which utterly bombed at the box office. Perhaps it was the marketing, which did little to convey the story or message of the film. Maybe it was the release date, of late August, 2015; too early to be an awards season contender, but too late to avoid being swallowed by the death throes of a particularly competitive summer. Either way, Z for Zachariah is one of the most criminally underrated films of the last decade, and it contains star turns from its three lead actors: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Pine, and Margot Robbie. Everyone skipped this one the first time around; don’t skip it now.