Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sunday Best: Actress 2010

Mary Elizabeth Winstead – Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
photo by Gage Skidmore

There's a line from Good Will Hunting where Robin Williams' therapist character describes his wife by saying she was someone who “could level you with her eyes.” This description is very apropos of Mary Elizabeth Winstead's Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. As a character, Ramona actually gives very little with which an actress can work. She is aloof, sarcastic, and can be downright mean. But Winstead uses this a tool to make Ramona alluring to Scott, and therefore the audience. When she roles her eyes with disgust or sharply cuts him off with a verbal dismissal, it stings. But rather than running away, it makes Scott desire her approval even more. When he makes her smile with his music, it is a smile that is earned with great effort. Winstead makes that smile rewarding. She hints at hidden depths to her that we can only know if we get closer. Every look she gives can enrage, devastate, or delight.

Emma Watson – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt 1
Alice Braga – Predators
Kristen Stewart – Twilight Saga: Eclipse

No comments:

Post a Comment