Ever since he was a little boy, Robert Pattinson has been acting and making everyone jealous with his great looks. It seems like he can do no wrong, which is why his movies always do so well at the box office. Whether it’s medieval movies or superhero movies, he always seems to fit right in.
While we can’t forget about his great looks, it’s more than that. Pattinson really does have an incredible ability to convey so much emotion with just his acting. It’s safe to say that we’ve never seen a heart-throb quite like him before. And if you’re a fan of literary classics, you’ll feel right at home with him on-screen as well. Here are his best movies.
Good Will Hunting
The story of Good Will Hunting follows the life of Will Hunting, a brilliant but troubled college professor who has a genius IQ but is unable to finish a single project. One day, while on his way home from work, he notices a homeless man dressed in an elegant suit and carries a briefcase; thinking he’s a lawyer, he gives him directions to a law firm, but upon arriving at the office, the man turns out to be a psychopathic serial killer. With his life in danger, Will has no choice but to use his genius to help him escape the psychopath, who later kills himself while Will is in the shower.
One of the most memorable scenes in the movie is when Will Hunting meets his future wife, Melissa McCarthy, for the first time. Melissa is a hard-working assistant at the law firm and she has a crush on Will. As they are about to meet for the first and only time, Melissa’s boss unexpectedly interrupts their meeting, causing her to get flustered and accidentally drop her purse, which contains her ID, credit card, and even her wedding ring. Fortunately, Will is a kind and generous man and he gives her a second chance. The scene is so funny and heart-wrenching all at the same time. If you’re a fan of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, you’ll recognize Will as that character’s cousin, Alfonso.
Beauty And The Beast
Beauty and The Beast is a live-action retelling of the classic French fairy tale set in modern-day New York City. It follows a successful fashion entrepreneur named Sophia who finds love and happiness with an older man she meets online, much to the dismay of her family and friends. The man she falls for is named Declan, and he’s a prince who was born without a kingdom. Being the prince of a small Irish town called Meryton doesn’t afford him much in the way of luxuries, and he has to make do with what he’s been given.
One of the things that makes Beauty and The Beast such a fascinating adaptation is how it reimagines some of the classic Disney villains as interesting supporting characters. You’ll get to know a lot about the main characters through their relationships with the supporting characters, and it helps flesh out the personalities of all the main players. The whole movie is somewhat of a commentary on the classic tale, poking fun at the tropes that are part of traditional fairytales while also being a heartfelt love story.
One of the most memorable scenes from Beauty and The Beast is when Nick (Dan Fogler) and Victoria’s (Ella Mariani) dance together. As good friends, they agree to keep the secret that Victoria is actually a beautiful, singing princess who was born without a kingdom. When Nick finally tells Victoria the truth, she doesn’t take it well and breaks up with him. He eventually learns to forgive her and they remain friends.
The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby tells the story of the famous American author F. Scott Fitzgerald and his pursuit of higher wealth and social status through his decadent lifestyles and relationships. After hearing a rumor that one of his former dance partners is now married to a prominent investor, Jay Gatsby decides to attend the wedding and seek revenge on those who he feels wronged him. It’s a tale as old as time: the poor boy making his way in the world with a dream of revenge. But what makes The Great Gatsby such a unique film is how director and co-writer Baz Luhrmann gives it a fresh coat of paint. The result is a vision of the Roaring Twenties not seen before. The Great Gatsby is both an homage to the 1920s and a satirical take on the decade.
One of the most interesting aspects of The Great Gatsby is its use of color. While many of the characters wear white, most of the imagery is filled with vibrant, hues of blue, green, and yellow. This is meant to depict how the Jazz Age celebrated beauty and prosperity and how the spirit of the times was reflected in everything from fashion to art to literature. Jay Gatsby, the movie’s protagonist, represents the new breed of wealthy playboys who flocked to the clubs of the day, looking to enjoy themselves without fear of the consequences. The color symbolism isn’t lost on those who were there, either – the costumes worn by the actors playing Fitzgerald’s acquaintances are exquisite, and the attention to detail is incredible.
American Psycho was one of the first major box-office disappointments of 2000. While not exactly a critical darling, the film did earn a considerable amount of money, allowing director Mary Harron to make a sequel. American Psycho 2 picks up several years after the events of the first film, and the tables have turned. After finishing a novel about psychopathic white men, Charlotte (Mia Wasikowski) adopts a mercenary attitude towards men, especially rich ones. Her mission? Take them out and show the world they aren’t the all-American, apple-pie-eating, flag-waving, family-man types people think they are. She takes her skills to Wall Street where she signs on as a stockbroker’s assistant and begins attracting the attention of wealthy men.
One of the reasons American Psycho was such a big financial success is because of the performances of Christian Bale. The actor truly becomes the character he is playing, and it’s very difficult to put into words the various emotions Bale goes through. From the hilarious to the heart-breaking, the actor portrays a variety of characters with such depth that it’s hard to believe he’s been acting for over 30 years. American Psycho is similar to The Great Gatsby in that it is both a murder-mystery and a satire on wealthy white men, but it differs in that instead of using words as a source of comedy, the humor in American Psycho mainly comes from the way the characters talk. The film is a major indictment of the over-consumption and self-absorption that characterized late-stage capitalism in the 1980s.
Another film that successfully combined absurdism with romance is Bob & Carol & Kids [Shampoo]. The title tells you everything you need to know about it: the parents of two children, Bob and Carol [played by John Lithgow and Sally Field], are trying to have a quiet afternoon at home when a crazed kidnapper breaks in and locks them both in the upstairs bathroom. But of course, things don’t go as planned. Amidst their futile attempts to escape, the kidnapper and the husband he kidnaps have sexual relations, resulting in the birth of a third child. The film is a parody of the typical happy endings in 1980s romantic comedies, and it definitely succeeds in depicting a sometimes cringe-worthy yet always lovable version of a marriage that blends comedy and romance.
In 2004, one of the most talked-about films of the year was Sing. Based on the real-life story of singer Elle King, who became the most famous woman in Australia after winning the country’s first-ever Grammy, Sing is the story of a young woman who leaves her home in Sydney in order to pursue a music career in Los Angeles. While in LA, she gets a break in music history when she’s chosen by renowned music producer Louis Walsh to be one of the four singers he scouts for his new show, Four By Four. King’s character, Ella, ends up becoming an overnight sensation when she decides to take a chance and follow her heart. The result is an incredibly successful album and subsequent worldwide tours, making King one of the best-known and most-loved musicians in Australia today.