The most admired man on the internet has finally given us the reason why. Rob Pattinson’s latest film Cruel World has just premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, and it’s gone down a storm. Critics have hailed it as “brave,” “powerful,” and “honest.”
Cruel World is an adaptation of Patrick Smith’s 2019 novel of the same name, and it’s a devastating indictment of capitalism and male entitlement. It tells the story of Joe Bangs (Rob Pattinson), a blue-collar British man who works as a janitor at a luxury hotel. When he finds himself unexpectedly promoted to the role of Concierge, he’s faced with a life of leisure and the opportunity to indulge himself.
It’s a big decision, and it’s clear that he’s struggling with whether or not to accept the job. Joe is a very ethical guy, and he wants to make the right choice. But it’s been a trying few weeks since the start of the pandemic. Travel has been restricted, and even locals have stopped coming to the hotel. Joe hasn’t been able to escape the drudgery of his daily life for a while, and he’s started to question whether or not his life is actually worth living.
Now, I might not be the best person to give advice about career decisions. I myself have been in a similar situation, and although I know that I made the right choice, it hasn’t been easy. But from what I’ve seen so far, Rob Pattinson’s portrayal of Joe is a convincing one, and it feels like he’s tapped into something fundamental about the human condition. As an Australian who grew up in the countryside, I can relate to much of what Joe experiences, and I really felt like I was there with him in every way – particularly when he was indulging in a rare bout of self-reflection.
What Is Self-reflection?
To put it simply, self-reflection is when we examine ourselves and how we behave. It could be as simple as asking yourself, ‘Am I happy with how I’m acting?’ or ‘Is this the kind of person I want to be?’
These are all valid inquiries, and it can help us figure out how we can improve ourselves and our lives. Sometimes we might ask another person for their opinion on this, but ultimately, it’s up to us to decide what we want out of life and how we want to live.
Whether or not Joe takes the bait and indulges himself in luxury has significant ramifications for his life, and it forces him to consider what he values. It would be easy for Joe to give up his job and security in the service of some hedonistic vice, but that would be a grave mistake. To paraphrase a certain American philosopher, if you’re not willing to look into the mirror every morning and ask yourself the tough questions, you will never get to the point where you can tell the difference between your dreams and destiny.
Why Is Self-reflection Important?
It is easy to get trapped in a rut, going through the same motions over and over again without challenging ourselves. If we want to change and grow as individuals, we need to regularly examine ourselves and ask ourselves questions to see how we can improve. If we don’t, we will never know what we are capable of.
For Joe, this means having a conversation with himself, something that most people don’t do. It requires courage, because often, what we want to hear is not what we need to hear. What we need is the nugget of truth buried under all the bullshit, and it takes a certain type of person to be able to hear it. Rob Pattinson nails this character type.
What Kind Of Person Needs To Do This?
The kind of person who needs to do this is not the kind of person you would expect. Joe is a very conventional, straightforward man who has always strived to be good. He wants to do the right thing, and he wants to be a good husband, parent, and employee. He wants the world to be a kinder, gentler place, and he believes that this can happen if we open our eyes and beg for redemption.
However, there is one area of his life that he has always kept under wraps, something that even his own wife doesn’t know about. This is his addiction to pornography, and it is threatening to tear his family apart. Joe doesn’t want to hurt his wife, Cynthia, because he still loves her, and he doesn’t want to ruin their marriage. So, he keeps his porn addiction a secret and makes it his mission to try and quit. He doesn’t want to lie to her anymore, so he decides to finally tell her the truth about himself. This might be the most difficult thing he’s ever had to do, but he knows that it’s the right thing to do. He wants to be the man she needs and wants, and he knows that if he keeps masking his true feelings and desires, he’ll never be able to satisfy her needs.
Pornography is such a serious issue, and it’s one that plagues many homes across the world every day. It’s always been a bit of a dirty little secret, something that the general public doesn’t really talk about. But now, with the way that technology has advanced, it’s easier than ever to keep track of what your kids are doing online. There are so many dangers lurking in the world of pornography, from aggressive sexual behavior to the allure of illicit drugs. So it’s imperative that we parents are diligent about keeping an eye on our kids when they’re on the internet and make sure that they’re not exposed to any of this content. We also need to make sure that they understand the dangers that they’re facing and how serious this subject is.
The stigma that surrounds this subject is slowly diminishing, and more and more people are coming forward and admitting to the problem. But if you feel that you or your child might be struggling with an addiction, it’s important to seek help as soon as possible. There are plenty of places that you can go for help, and most importantly, there is always hope. You can find help to beat this horrible disease, and your kid will thank you for it. This is something that Joe is learning and might not be as strong as he thinks he is. There is a lot of strength in this little character, and it’s all because of the work that Rob Pattinson did to bring him to life. We’re finally getting to see the real Joe Bangs, the good, honest, hard-working British man behind the facade. So, all things considered, it’s been a very productive year for the talented actor. But now, it’s time to take a look at how he did it.
The Building Blocks Of Character Creation
So, as we’ve established, self-reflection is important, and it forms the backbone of Joe’s character. To see how he does this so well, we need to examine his construction kit. Let’s take a journey back in time to the early 1990s, when Rob Pattinson was an undergraduate studying English Literature at Balliol College, Oxford. While there, he took a step back from his studies to focus on his acting career. He began to look for opportunities and was recommended to attend the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. It was there that he met Damian Crichton, who would later become his teacher and mentor. Crichton is responsible for putting together his tool kit, and it’s a tool kit that any actor could benefit from.
What does Crichton look for in his students? To quote him, “Being able to hold a mirror up to nature and show it as it is – without judgment, without masks.” This is exactly what we see from Joe throughout his journey, from the way he interacts with others to the way he behaves towards himself. Joe is someone who is very natural and refreshingly unadorned. He doesn’t dress in masks, he doesn’t walk around with his head in the clouds, and he certainly doesn’t hold back when speaking his mind. This is exactly how he sees himself and exactly how he wants to be perceived – a man of integrity who speaks his mind and does his best to follow the facts where they lead.
What About The Casting Process?
This was a very interesting process for me. I’ve always felt that being able to play multiple parts is one of the greatest advantages of being an actor. It makes you a more versatile actor and allows you to tackle any role with confidence. So, when I got the chance to audition for this, I jumped at the chance. I had just finished working with Jude Law on an adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s story Little Women, and I was looking for another role. I loved the script, and I think that it’s safe to say that most people will love it too. It’s a story that everyone can get behind.