The Cutting Edge Reviews
Moira Kelly?s character is vicious, but it is born out of a real place of being both overly protected and overly spoiled. This makes her sympathetic despite the attitude. D.B. Sweeney isn?t the greatest actor, but he has a grasp on sarcasm that works well for his character. Finally, Roy Dotrice has one of the best fake accents I?ve heard, to the point where I just thought he was Russian. I like his mix of toughness and sweetness used to motivate his skaters. There are a number of other actors in the film who play off the leads nicely, so I wouldn?t replace any of them either. I also think the world of Olympic figure skating is shown with all its flaws and serves as a nice backdrop for their story.
The big flaw in the movie is one that is almost impossible to get around, because the actors aren?t really figure skaters. There are extensive quick-cuts and odd shot selection in the skating routines that don?t work all that great. The rink where they practice has almost no lights in order to make it easy to hide their faces. We don?t even get a good shot of their big move in the climax, I suspect because it isn?t even possible in reality. I forgive a lot though, because The Cutting Edge impacts me emotionally, and has a romantic story that works. It?s not going to be for everyone, and some people might want to ?revoke my man-card? for saying this, but I kind of love it.