Post by onebluestocking on Oct 8, 2021 15:10:30 GMT
I thought it was a very positive article. They think his TV work is better than his movies in the past, and I'd have to agree. I love his movies (even T5E), but none so far can compare to Patrick Melrose IMO. Not that they are bad, just that his TV projects have been so incredibly amazing. That's obviously changing with TPOTD.
Patrick Melrose is a masterwork comparable to any big filmmaker film. I didn't say it that. Paul Schrader suggested it when he chose it as "his best film in 2018"
But even Parade's End (which you can allege it had a scriptwriter "auteur" behind it on Tom Stoppard and which was the reason Jane Campion chose BC for Phil) and The Hollow Crown are excellent TV works with major performances by BC. I also loved The Child in Time wich it's more humble and imperfect but at the same time daring and symbolic. It was more a little European art house film than a BBC prestige project. It also had a very natural and subtle performance by BC.
But yeah, those weren't on HBO or Netflix so Film Twitter and Oscar pundits aren't aware of them! Also they weren't competing for Oscars!
Very much what I think. Patrick Melrose, The Hollow Crown, Parade's End, The Child in Time, Brexit, Hawking, To the Ends of the Earth and Sherlock are all gems IMO.
But I have to admit a good number of his films are in genres I just don't gravitate to - comic book movies (MCU stuff) fantasy (LotR/Hobbit stuff), and animations (Grinch, Peguins of Madagascar). So right away a lot of them just don't register with me.
"You're going into the water... short-arse!" - Sherlock
About To the End of the Earth, I remember a review (in The Guardian?) that said exactly what Jane Campion said in the intro at NYFF and the interview in Montreal, that BC was playing characters that American actors would not dare to play because they weren't nice nor heroic. It's funny because a few people think he only/mainly plays heroes!
I think that he was kind of unlucky (relatively) with his film career. TIG was released in 2014 and now we are in 2021. In all this time he did some outstanding TV projects - Hollow Crown and Melrose are top for me, but not a single truly remarkable film. He was attached to several interesting projects which all fell through. He is good in every film he does, but if the film is bland, or the script is bad he cannot save it, like happened with Black Mass or Current War. And well, Marvel films are blockbusters but hardly masterpieces (although I really enjoyed the first doctor Strange). So it is nice to see three important films coming out at once and showing his incredible range as an actor.
Agreed but it still bothers me when some act like his remarkable TV work didn’t existed. For example, all those award pundits claiming he is returning to awards stuff when since TIG, he was nominated to three Emmys (tied with Laurence Olivier in the second place with most nominations for Limited Series/Film, by the way!) and other three BAFTAS with finally a win for Patrick Melrose.
Another example of how huge parts of BC career are erased they it didn’t fit in the “narrative” of someone or something. Seeing the TPOTD hashtag, I saw someone answering to someone else that BC is being hyped for a possible Oscar nomination for a Jane Campion film so he didn’t exactly “disappeared”. The original comment: Timothe Chalamet must never do a Marvel film because BC completely disappeared after accepting to do a Marvel film and didn’t do anything else but Marvel films: the critical acclaim of Patrick Melrose and the long awaited BAFTA win, the scandal with Brexit, the huge hit with The Grinch, the very advertised 1917 cameo. Nothing of that happened! He didn’t do anything of that (and other numerous jobs), he was just doing Marvel films!
It’s like they belong to this extremely insignificant in number population: people who only cares about Oscar nominated stuff and nothing more so when BC has a possible Oscar film, they are amazed where he was all this time. Well, he was doing big films and artistic productions. He won awards and was nominated to them A LOT. He ijust need another nomination to the Emmys in the Best Actor in a Limited Series and would tied as the most nominated actor EVER! He even was named president of the oldest and most respected acting school in the world. That’s how successful his acting career has been since TIG!
Oh, I see the Chalament kid said someone he admires told him not to do hard drugs nor superhero movies (you see, there is a prejudice in certain Hollywood quarters!) and both silly Marvel boys and silly award fanboys are competing to find who has the worst and less informed takes.
No matter what advice he gets, TC would probably give anything to be part of Marvel! But do they even have a character for a scrawny kid to play? Everyone knows how Benedict ended up there - people went to HIM and told him how much he looked like Doctor Strange and should play him in a movie.