Top Five Movies of Gwyneth Paltrow
On heels of “Country Strong” getting a wide release on January 7th, and scoring a 17% on Rotten Tomatoes (which while still above “Little Fockers,” “Yogi Bear,” and of course “Season of the Witch” it is still below the 21% of “Gulliver’s Travels” – not a good sign) I think we can safely say that there are a lot of things that Gwyneth Paltrow has made much better than this.
“Glee” appearance very far aside as I am not a high-school girl, here is a list of five movies by Gwyneth that deserve your viewing over “Country Strong.” How strong is her list? I had to eliminate “Emma,” which is an excellent adaptation of the Jane Austen novel (and that statement probably makes you question whether or not I’m a high school girl) and “Se7en” because as interesting as the dinner scene is with Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman and her, her part is just not big enough. (Don’t let that stop you from watching it again though. Think of it instead of “The Rite” later this month.)
Gwyneth’s rapport with Robert Downey Jr. in this superhero spectacular made me wonder how in the heck he didn’t end up with her. Heck, she probably made every man in the audience fall in love with her. Unfortunately the charm of their relationship (along with most of the good in this movie) didn’t carry over to “Iron Man 2.”
I’m surprised this movie is this low. Not only is Gwyneth excellent but also Phillip Seymour Hoffman plays a rich kid that’s pals with Jude Law and Matt Damon is the pretender fooling them all. I don’t remember a bad performance in this one and I never felt that I knew where this movie would go next.
One of my favorite movie questions to ask people is their favorite Wes Anderson movie. More often than not, this one will be the answer. Ben Stiller, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Danny Glover, Anjelica Huston and Gene Hackman all join Gwyneth and make a great story of a family and their struggles to relate to each other.
Yes, for a portion of this movie, Gwyneth is in a fat suit and is not her normal physically appealing self. Yes, sometimes this is heavy handed in its message that beauty is only skin deep. However, in my opinion, this is still a great Farrelly brothers movies and the charisma of Jack Black and Gwyneth make this a movie that I will watch over and over again.
Were you expecting “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow”? Of course not. This is Gwyneth’s movie that won her a Best Actress Oscar and Best Picture overall. (I know that some say undeserved, but if you look at the other nominations, they look good, but I’m not sure that their stories were as complete.) Just like in “Iron Man,” Shakespeare and everyone watching in the audience fell head over heels for Gwyneth in this one.
Agree? Disagree? Which movies would make your Gwyneth Paltrow top five?
About Jason McClain Jason is an aspiring novelist, which means there is a lot of time to put off writing and watch baseball or go fly-fishing, hiking and traveling. By "a lot of time", Jason means "procrastination."