There are some incredible performances in 2021, most notably the layered work of Tessa Thompson in “Passing” and Benedict Cumberbatch in “The power of the dog. ” Simon Rex gave his “return” performance of the year in “Red Rocket” – even if he wouldn’t call it that. Agathe Rousselle had an unforgettable breakthrough with her debut in “Titane. “And Colman Domingo did a beautiful, shape-shifting diversion”Zola“it’s possibly the scariest on-screen role of the year. Even Josh Hartnett embodies white privilege brilliantly in this documentary series.”Eliminate all Brutes. ”
But this list will not honor those great actors or movies. Instead, here’s a recap of some of the year’s worst performances.
Jared Leto in “House of Gucci”
Leto’s polarizing Paolo Gucci in Ridley Scott’s true crime drama may be the most talked about performance of the year. Leto is arguably the best and worst thing about this movie because his vulgar, exaggerated shooting – which seems completely out of place here – is a dark comic. (The movie might be funny, but Scott took it straight and sucked all the water out of it.) Leto’s heavy Italian accent is overblown, it practically defines his character; he wants to be respected and taken seriously, but he is grouchy, makes lousy designs, wears scarves and just generally likes to be king. One just feels frustrated with him. But he’s also the most entertaining thing on screen as every scene is guaranteed to do something. Leto also gets the movie’s best line, about knowing the difference between s**t and chocolate, having tasted both. The movie is forgettable, but, Mamma Mia!, even for haters, Leto is memorable. His rendition is a cannoli – it’s filled with cheese or sweet cream – your choice.
Adam Driver in “House of Gucci”
Driver is a huge void at the heart of “House of Gucci,” and his lousy performance may be why the film turned out so badly. He looks like he wants to be anywhere else. He has no chemical reaction to his cost pods. And his character has almost no beats. Sure, Mauricio is meant to be someone privileged to live in a bubble, protected from the rest of society, but Driver makes him a passive, inquisitive person as the world opens up to him. He’s boring, and Driver, one of the most interesting actors working today, should never be boring.
Typical: his role in “Annette“(another polarizing film) allows Driver to act with the rafters (be it good or bad) as Henry McHenry, a comedian performing his sold-out one-man show,” The Ape of God “, in a bathrobe on stage performing in awe of the audience, which he constantly insults. As this long-running musical – all lines are sung – drags on, Henry becomes even more monstrous. Feeling something, even if it’s anger, it’s fascinating to watch him lick and tickle his wife, Ann (Marion Cotillard) amazing or angry.Love “Annette” or hate it, there’s no denying Driver delivered a smash hit performance or fail.
Andrew Garfield in “Tammy Faye’s Eyes” and “tick, tick… Boom!”
Andrew Garfield gave two of the worst performances this year, both biographically. As Jim Bakker in “Tammy Faye’s Eyes,” he’s scary and pretty weird (gay wrestling in one scene), and it’s just as annoying as the way Jessica Chastain chirps and Tammy Faye’s voice captures. captivates the viewer as she closes each line. Garfield was going smoothly perhaps as a sinister – a con man who tried to hide the greed and lust that consumed him – but he was fake from the start. (Tammy’s mother, the wonderful Cherry Jones sees right through him). Garfield is supposed to be charming here, and he’s gone looking for the bad guys instead. (Yes, it’s Bakker, but that’s not the point).
Similarly, Garfield’s work as Jonathan Larson in “tick, tick… BOOM!” are equally deprived. One can really smell the sweat as Larson delivers a depressing monologue about himself recounting his failed attempts to land the play he thought would help his Broadway career. his flourished. But Garfield never turned Larson into a real person; he portrays the musical theater director as a bouncing cartoon puppy seeking love and admiration from everyone he meets (even Sondheim!) but never really deserves it. there. He’s tired of taking his time and cranky.
However, what both of these stellar performances indicate is that Garfield was really born to star in the Tony Perkins biopic. He’s a killer for an actor, and given that role, he’s finally able to make good use of all the energy he’s put in in these movies.
Amy Adams in “The Woman in the Window” and “To Evan Hansen”
Poor Amy Adams. Her performance last year in “Hillbilly Elegy“challenging fans to see her in anything. She’s surpassed this year’s record with two terrible performances in two truly terrifying films. The first is the movie adaptation. The long-awaited and poorly executed horror film, “Woman in the Window.” Adams. plays Anna Fox, a medic – “I can’t go out,” she helpfully explains – who swears she saw a murder. But is she stunned? work here? Adams is over-acting throughout and her horror and bewilderment looks exactly like the one shown in some scenes. Sometimes, she just involuntarily cries and cringe thinking she’s going crazy. Most of the fans who have seen this movie are crazy about Adams for making such a horrible movie. It might have been the delicious part, but instead, it wasn’t fun.
Adams is equally bad in the musical “Dear Evan Hansen.” This pitiful screen adaptation of the hit Broadway play reassured Adams with his ungrateful portrayal of a mother grieving the death of her son. The actress, who sang beautifully on “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day,” here is flat. She tries to convey a mixture of hope and sickness, but she appears desperate and weak. Oddly enough, Julianne Moore, who also stars in both films, has a warm and engaging presence, so one has to think that Adams needed a better agent.
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Many Oscar winners continue to enter the competition Bond Villain (See more Christopher Walken, Christoph Waltz, Javier Bardem) but Rami Malek – who can be very good at being sinister – makes his Lyutsifer Safin criminally bland. Malek wasn’t thrilled when he appeared on screen, more said than done, the kiss of death for a bad guy in an action movie. While Safin’s plan to use a DNA-based biological weapon to kill millions is ambitious, Malek’s lackluster performance here is anything but.
Cast of “Crisis”
“Crisis“was out and back in February, and while it should only be seen by cinemas, it deserves to be remembered for its countless lousy performances. Screenwriter, director, producer (( and cast) Nicholas Jarecki’s drama about the opioid crisis has been mis-aired and mishandled.Armie Hammer’s complete rigidity, essentially fierce scowl throughout the film, offers a look more than a performance Evangeline Lilly delivers some daring speeches that, for example, this movie, cannot be disregarded with Greg Kinnear (in the patented sleazy douchebag mode), really painful.
Meryl Streep in “Don’t look up”
It’s getting easier and easier to beat up Meryl Streep these days because she’s become too hammy. She mimics real people rather than acting, which shows off her impeccable technique, but she can’t get into her characters. During her career, she has gone from great performances playing victims (“Sophie’s Choice”, “Silkwood”) to terrible performances playing bullies (“Doubt”) and “August: Osage County.”) [“The Devil Wears Prada,” is a notable exception.]
Furthermore, she also has Florence Foster Jenkins syndrome – no one has the courage to tell her she’s ugly. But La Streep wasn’t at all happy in “Don’t Look Up” playing the clueless President Orlean. (Perhaps after redirecting Hillary in the ill-advised remake of “The Manchurian Candidate,” La Streep feels she has to play Trump?) Adam McKay’s climate change satire is ubiquitous. place (that’s one of its many problems), but Streep’s play wide tries too. Her performance is obnoxious, when only her character should be. President Orlean had his hair cut, his voice and traces of a tramp. Her looming, comical look may be, but La Streep doesn’t look like she’s having a good time here (unlike her co-star Cate Blanchett). This is why her performance is so bad. Playing a goofy president was supposed to shoot fish in the barrel, but the famous actress shot the barrel, draining the water and letting the fish suffocate without actually hitting them.
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