I’ve noticed that Jolie seems to be…rather unpopular among movie bloggers. But for me, she is one of my fav actresses working right now. I personally always find her performances notable(and before people start bringing up the Tourist i haven’t seen that one yet so i can’t really comment on it). I realize in recent years she has become known more as a movie star than an actress, which seems to be a reason why she isn’t popular among movie fans but i have enjoyed seeing her in every movie i’ve seen. Her involvement in a film is always a plus for me. I’ve decided to make a list of what i think are her best performances, and have decided to focus more on her dramatic roles as i think they prove her worth as an actress more than her action roles.
Jolie perfectly shows Gia’s rise to fame and her downfall, perfectly embodying both Gia’s charisma and her deep rooted issues that ended up destroying her. One of my favorite scenes is one of her later photoshoots, and the way she communicates how broken Gia has become is amazing.
For the first half of the movie, Jolie makes Lisa seem like a fun party girl who seems to be acting rebellious for the fun of it. But soon after that, Jolie starts bring a sense of menace to the role, making it clear there is definitely something wrong with her. Her breakdown in the end is perfectly played.
The Good Shepherd
Even though her role is minor, i still feel she makes it impactful. She perfectly captures the pain of being married to someone that isn’t really there, bringing a sense of vulnerability to the role. And when Clover expresses her frustration, Jolie doesn’t overplay it, making it feel real. My fav scene is when Wilson asks her to dance at there second SKull & Bones alumni party. The way Jolie communicates the emotional toll Clover has went through is imo masterful.
A Mighty heart
Jolie captures Mariane’s insistence on keeping it together, while still letting her vulnerability shine through. A perfect example is when Mariane goes out to cry, but immediately tries to stop when she realizes a child is nearby. She tries to reassure him everything, but it is obvious that is not the case. I personally think her best moment comes near the mind, when she tells her colleagues to keep strong even after what happened to her husband.
Jolie perfectly captures the emotional roller coaster Christine goes through in the movie. She portrays both her vulnerability(like when she is calling the police to report her son missing) and her moments of strength(like when she stands up for herself in the asylum) with ease.
Now, you may have noticed all these roles are in either biopics or movies based on true stories. Even though i am a huge fan of hers i have to admit for the most part her filmography is rather repetitive. Most of her movies either fall squarely into biopic or action, with very few really off-kilter stuff(This is one reason why when i am able to turn my last pitch into a movie i still want her for the mother role). I just read a rumor that she may be in Sin City 2(Which Rodriguez has nether confirmed or denied),and it seems Maleficant is finally moving along, so hopefully her filmography will get a bit more diverse in the next few years.