There is no question that Robert Pattinson is one of the most attractive and talented young men currently working in film or TV. Whether you agree with that statement or not, his stunning good looks have certainly not gone unnoticed. Now that he is approaching his late 20s, we are starting to see more of his adventurous spirit as he embraces the freedom of living in London rather than staying in the safety of home bases in Oxfordshire and Italy. Indeed, 2018 has seen him star in numerous large and small projects, garnering a great deal of buzz and praise along the way. Below, we take a look at the best of his recent work as well as what’s on the horizon for the future of this talented young man.
Films Of Note
Pattinson came into his own this year not only through his many movie roles, but also through the multiple award-winning film he starred in, Good Time. The coming-of-age drama, which also happens to be one of the most popular films of the year, tells the story of Tom (Pattinson), an Oxford college dropout who, after being involved in a serious car accident, enlists the help of his childhood friend Jez (Higgins). The unlikely duo sets out to make their fortune, with Tom taking the reins as the business brains and Jez the muscle behind the wheel. Naturally, they end up in some hilarious and often outrageous situations as they navigate London’s mean streets. At the same time, the friends develop a loving bond as they set about creating their new life together. The film was named one of the best British films of all time by the British Film Institute (BFI) and is certainly one of our favourites. It also scooped a number of awards, including Best Actor for Pattinson at the Cannes Film Festival, where he won best supporting actor. Needless to say, his performance was not overlooked by fans and critics alike, with the Daily Telegraph hailing him as ‘one of our greatest actors’.
It was great to see so much praise heaped on Good Time and it seems that many are looking to that as a template for further adventures. Indeed, the young man’s extensive career can be said to have begun in 2016 with the release of Arrival, the ambitious sci-fi film by the Wachowski siblings. Starring Dominc Recchi, Monica Bellucci and Patricia Clarkson, the film is based on the 2011 Phillip K. Dick novel, Martian Odyssey, and tells the story of an expedition to Mars, where a team of scientists come face-to-face with an alien life form. The film took in over a billion dollars at the box office worldwide and is considered by many to be among the greatest science fiction films of all time. It was followed by a sequel, Marquise, which was released in April of this year and sees Clarkson return as Professor Claire Griswald. It seems that Pattinson is comfortable in the science fiction genre, having also starred in the upcoming 2018 film Ex Machina, an exploration of artificial intelligence and the nature of human interaction, which is out now in UK cinemas.
It was another big year for Pattinson in the realm of TV, with him starring in and executive producing the critically acclaimed Netflix original series Triple Nine. The story focuses on Frank (Pattinson), a London drug dealer who is faced with a challenge when he learns that his younger brother, Scott (Higgins), is also a dealer. Naturally, they put their rivalry aside when they agree to team up to take on the city’s biggest and most dangerous drug lord. The setting is post-Brexit London in 2018 and the series explores all aspects of the hustle and bustle that comes with trying to survive in a city where the law is rarely enforced. While the first season is available to stream on Netflix, the second season is set for release this year and sees Pattinson and Higgins return along with new characters played by Kate Jenkinson, Danny Dyer, and Joe Cole. The trio travel to Italy in the second season to help bail out a friend who has been set up by the law. The entire experience is a wild ride that viewers won’t want to miss.
The Lost City Of Gold
It seems as though 2018 was the year of the buddy movie as we saw numerous films paired with an older, wiser and sometimes even grizzlier counterpart. One of the biggest and most successful pairings was Robin Hood and Prince John, with Ridley Scott’s The Lost City Of Gold serving as a loose adaptation of the classic 14th century story. Much of the praise for the movie went to its two leads, with many publications hailing the on-screen reunion of Ewan McGregor and Orlando Bloom as ‘hilarious’ and ‘heartbreaking’, respectively. As the years go by, we can expect to see more and more of these mismatched pairings, as we are treated to a string of buddy movies this year and beyond.
With his eclectic filmography, it is no wonder that Pattinson has been drawn to other genres, such as comedy, where he starred in and produced the darkly comic romantic comedy Paddington. The film follows the adventures of the eponymous bear as he travels to London and tries to find his place within the city’s bustling community. A bizarre and wonderful experience, Paddington is an absolute delight from beginning to end and marks another high point in Pattinson’s impressive filmography.
This year also saw the rerelease of the cult classic Scooby-Doo!, a 2017 reimagining of the classic cartoon series. Starring Matthew McCaffrey as the legendary Velma Dinkley, the movie adapts the popular children’s stories about a gang of mystery-solving monsters known as the ‘Scooby Gang’. Naturally, we know that the titular characters are a bunch of well-meaning but dazed and confused dogs, belonging to the Velma Dinkley and Shaggy Rogers (Greyhounds) families, but it still manages to capture the spirit of the vintage cartoons.
The Sun Comes Out
Finally, let’s not forget about The Sun Comes Out, the latest film from the Russo brothers. Directed by Joe Russo, the film is an adaptation of the award-winning play by Simon Stephens and stars Hugh Grant as Harold Clutton, an aging bachelor living in London who is faced with an alimony payment to his ex-wife, Susan (Tamsin Egerton). Naturally, he decides to throw a bachelor party and invites his longtime friend, Richard (Pattinson), a successful author who has just finished writing his next novel. In the course of the evening, Richard shares his new story with Harold and his friends, much to everyone’s amusement. The film is based on Stephens’ play, which won the George Devine Award for best American play of 2018 and also starred Stephens and Grant. The cast also included Mark Gatiss and Simon Callow.
There we have it, a bumper crop of movies from one of the most exciting and talented young actors currently working in film. It is clear that his upcoming slate of projects will continue to be a showcase for his dramatic, comedic and talentful skill and we can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for us. We look forward to sharing all of this news with you, so stay tuned!