dinsdag 20 maart 2012

Best of... Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman started acting at a young age and luckily for us she wasn't just another child star. She grew out to be one of the best actresses of her generation with an impressive resumé. Here are my favorite Natalie Portman movies.

This stark portrayal of humanity and inhumanity is produced with the style and finesse that one expects from Luc Besson. The combined talents of Jean Reno, Natalie Portman and Gary Oldman provide not only an unmatched on-screen chemistry, but also three perfectly created characterizations

Pacino and De Niro is a duo that everybody wants to see on screen. The only screentime they have together isn't even that long, but both performances are magnificent. It's an exciting thrill ride of good versus evil and mind-blowing visuals.

"Mars Attacks!"
This is one of those movies you either love or hate. I like this film maybe because it's so absurd and idiotic. Stuffed with a lot of famous actors, just hilarious and maybe a bit misunderstood. Really people, don't take this movie too serious.

"Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace"
Episode 1 till 3 aren't as good as the other three "Star Wars" movies, but out of those three this is the best. It is solid but has its flaws.

"Cold Mountain"
This is a very good film, tragic and sad, about people with clear hearts. The acting cast are impressive especially Jude Law, Renee Zellwegger and Natalie Portman.

"Garden State"
Don't tell a fan of "Garden State" that it isn't a good movie. They say the film defines their generation. I kinda grew on me too and I have to thank Zach Braff for that.

Natalie Portman and Clive Owen are the stars in this film, even more than leading actors Julia Roberts and Jude Law. And Owen and Portman are also a fabulous on screen duo.

"V for Vendetta"
My absolute favorite Portman movie. This film is powerful; mostly because of how different it is from every other blockbuster. Set in a possible future where America is in ruins and England is ruled by a totalitarian dictatorship. The well choreographed action sequences keep the pace of the film high. And both Hugo Weaving and Natalie Portman are fantastic.

"The Darjeeling Limited"
Just a brief cameo for Natalie but it's such an expansive, random, happy, sad, funny, stupid, and wise trip that these 3 brothers take.

"The Other Boleyn Girl"
The book is better, but I've always been a fan of the film as well. Especially Portman's role as the backstabbing and vicious Anne Boleyn is impressive. Great chemistry with her on-screen sister Scarlett Johansson.

Dark. Very, very dark, profane, vulgar, raw and rough. These words popped in my head while watching it. Good movie!

"Black Swan"
Her best performance so far. I love the transformation of Nina. With this film Natalie proved that she's definitely an A-lister. Mind-blowing performance and a creepy good story.

"You Highness"
OK, again not a movie that you should take too seriously. I really liked it though, although it got a lot of negative reviews. Perhaps it was because of Natalie Portman, who did give her best (and because of James Franco, it's never a punishment to watch him in a movie).

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