Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Career change

Why is the most successful of the ‘Friends’ still playing various versions of Rachel?

Since she wowed critics in 2002 with ‘The Good Girl’ we have been waiting to see what her next step would be to challenge her acting chops.

Would she go seriously dramatic or take on a complex role in a lighter movie?
Would she take supporting roles to perfect her style?

Then we have the following answer.
These are the films that she has done since then:
‘Bruce Almighty’, ‘Along Came Polly’, ‘Rumor Has It’, ‘The Break-Up’, ‘Management’, ‘Marley & Me’, ‘He’s Just Not That Into You’, ‘Love Happens’.
Rom Com-errific………Not
Her only side steps were the not well received thriller, ‘Derailed’ and the ensemble character study ‘Friends With Money’.

I am not saying she is not good at what she does, but she needs to stretch. Perhaps it is a confidence thing, as she does not seem to my eyes as someone brimming over with confidence.
Whatever her reasons for not breaking away you can tell she has what it takes. Even in the light and frothy rom coms you can see a depth she tries to bring to her roles, even if the script does not allow for it.

Next up she is staring in ‘The Bounty’ about an assassin hired to kill his ex-wife – another comedy. Then ‘The Baster’ – you can guess what that is about. The only thing on her current IMDB that sounds interesting is ‘The Goree Girls’ a musical about country western singers in prison – or something.

I would love to see her take on a really unlikable role. A real vile bitch. One of those women who come from old money who treat people like crap. Do what Sandra Bullock did in ‘Crash’ (Bullocks section was the only part of the film that held interest for me) and leave the charisma behind and channel your inner Leona Helmsly honey.

Or so something with a little more depth:

1 comment:

Vance said...

Ha, I was just discussing this with my friends at lunch today and also said that poor Aniston is basically playing versions of Rachel and she NEEDS to get out of that rut.