CINEMATIC PASSIONS’ MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES OF 2010
All great actors make it look effortless. That’s precisely what EMMA STONE does in EASY A.
Any performer will tell you that comedy is far more difficult than any straight dramatic part. Making people laugh is not a walk in the park. Your sense of timing and your delivery have to be impeccable. You also have to be able to work effectively with the other actors.
Not exactly simple.
But EMMA takes a role that’s potentially difficult and emerges triumphant.
She plays OLIVE PENDERGAST, a California high school student whose reputation has been inadvertently ruined. She decides to ultimately embrace the notoriety. That is, until things get a little out of control.
EMMA is in almost every frame of this motion picture. The success of this movie rested solely on her shoulders….and she delivered.
JENNIFER LAWRENCE is on a roll.
She has given two monumental performances that I’m aware of: in THE BURNING PLAIN and WINTER’S BONE. Obviously there will be many more.
As REE DOLLY, a 17 year old from the Ozarks who lives in crushing poverty, she is determined to find her meth head father. She has no idea where he is. He used their home as collateral. REE only has several days to locate him. If she can’t get to him before the deadline, then she and her family will be out on the street with nothing.
REE is mature, tough, resourceful and resolutely unafraid. She’ll see it through to the end. She will never back down.
MARION COTILLARD is the deep dark dangerous heart of INCEPTION. DOM (LEONARDO DICAPRIO) can never stop obsessing about her…or forgive himself for what happened.
For him, it all begins and ends with MAL.
MARION is a force of nature here. She is as glamorous, cold and diabolical as a 40s femme fatale in any black and white film noir reverie that you could ever imagine.
But the level of her work has always been superlative.