FrogLenzen Posted February 13 Share Posted February 13 Jennifer Lawrence Coming in at a respectable 51st place is America's sweetheart. Her first big role that I can think of was Winter's Bone, where she showed off her great drama skills. Nominated for an Oscar. Apparently she then did a movie with Anton Yelchin and was in a movie directed by Jodi Foster. After that it was time for her action movies. She was Mystique in X-Men First Class and related sequels. Mystique is probably my #1 comic book character of all time. I thought she was an unusual casting choice but Jennifer's version of Mystique was still very compelling and I'm convinced that it was Jennifer's charisma that inspired the writers to take Mystique in a kind of... team leader direction for the sequels. Obviously, she was also cast in the iconic and blockbusting global phenomenon Hunger Games. It's easy to dismiss Hunger Games because of how big it got. YA novels have pros and cons for both literary value and movie-making potential. I'll leave my specific thoughts about that series for another time but in general I'd say that the themes and political plotlines of Hunger Games, particularly in the final book, are a bit underrated. As for the movies, a lot was action and angst fluff but I do think Jennifer was able to have some genuinely impressive acting moments when she had scenes with some of the adult actors, e.g. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Julianne Moore. So while the movie series was a little bloated with 4 entire films, there were some actual quality moments in there. So Jennifer is a good drama actress and could pull off action. But where I thought she shined best was when the drama was mixed with a little bit of comedy. Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle being my examples for that. Obviously the Academy agreed with me and gave her the Oscar for Best Actress for the former and nominated her for supporting for the latter. I liked Silver Linings Playbook a lot and Jennifer basically carried that movie on her back. She was nominated for another oscar for Joy, proving that she was an academy darling. And she actually won the Globes for all of the above. All that and she's only 32. A lot of decades of work left to go if she chooses to stay in this industry. 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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