Jessica Chastain has become one of my favourite actresses over the years. She has been in so many great movies already and there are also some good ones to look forward to, like “Crimson Peak”. Here are the three Jessica Chastain movies I watched.
A Most Violent Year
Genre: Drama/ Crime/ Action/ Thriller
Director: J.C. Chandor
Cast: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Albert Brooks, Elyes Gabel, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Peter Gerety, Christopher Abbott, Ashley Williams, John Procaccino, Glenn Fleshler, Jerry Adler, Annie Funke, Maathew Maher, David Margulies, Pico Alexander
Description: In New York City 1981, ambitious immigrant Abel (Oscar Isaac) fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city's history.
Opinion: The movie slowly reveals itself and the calm way the story is told really works. Great performances by Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain.
Favorite character: Anna Morales (Jessica Chastain)
Most memorable quote: “When it feels scary to jump, that is exactly when you jump, otherwise you end up staying in the same place your whole life, and that I can't do.” – Abel Morales -
Best scene: The car chase scene, where Abel is trying to follow the man who stole one of his tankers.
Genre: Crime/ Drama
Director: John Hollcoat
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke, Jessica Chastain, Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska, Dane DeHaan, Gary Oldman
Description: A trio of bootlegging brothers are threatened by a new special deputy and other authorities angling for a cut of their profits.
Opinion: It’s a good western/ gangster film. Nice setting, good acting and fast paced. An uncomplicated, enjoyable watch. Favorite character: Forrest Bondurant (Tom Hardy)
Most memorable quote: “It is not the violence that sets men apart, alright, it is the distance that he is prepared to go.” – Forrest Bondurant -
Best scene: The moment where Forrest finds out that Maggie helped him when he was attacked and that something happened to her as well, although she doesn’t want to admit to it.
Zero Dark Thirty
Genre: Drama/ Thriller
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Jason Clarke, Chris Pratt, Joel Edgerton, James Gandolfini, Kyle Chandler, Taylor Kinney, Jennifer Ehle, Frank Grillo, Mark Duplass, Harold Perrineau
Description: A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May 2011.
Opinion: The movie could be dull because of the length and all the politics, but it’s Jessica Chastain that makes this movie worthwhile. Great and strong film!
Favorite character: Maya (Jessica Chastain)
Most memorable quote: “I'm the motherfucker that found this place. Sir.” – Maya -
Best scene: Where Maya is telling her superior why it’s important to find Osama Bin Laden and that she is the one who is going to find him.
Favorite of the 3: “Zero Dark Thirty”