Top Five Movies of Keira Knightley
Ok, after living in Los Angeles for a while I can definitely say words that I never thought I’d ever say in my life: it is possible to be too skinny. It kind of crept up on me, but after you’ve seen a few too many of the faces that don’t look too much different from a well-preserved mummy, you’ll agree. Then again, maybe you won’t. Maybe you have a fetish that only formaldehyde can satisfy. Good on you.
So, why do I mention this? Well, because Keira Knightley simultaneously attracts me and repels me, but mostly attracts me. She is dangerously close to being too thin, but she is still so shapely and pretty that I can overlook it. (Though I hope in her latest, “A Dangerous Method” that opens on November 23rd, someone will have fed her lots and lots of meatloaf. Wait, sorry, that’s my fantasy, Keira and I, a big plate of meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, and a few pints of ice cream. Let’s just say it gets messy after a while.)
Well, we may disagree on her weight, but I know we agree on her beauty, so while we wait the short time until her next silver screen appearance, we can go back and watch these gems and dream of feeding her fried chicken, I mean, and watch her lovely acting ability.
When you hear of “Pride and Prejudice” your mind probably jumps to the BBC miniseries that your girlfriend always wants you to watch so that she can see Colin Firth in a wet shirt again. Next time she brings it up, suggest this more recent Jane Austen adaptation for not only does if have Keira, it has Rosamund Pike, Jena Malone and Carey Mulligan. Those four beauties will make it more worthwhile, for you.
Since this movie made over a billion dollars worldwide (no typo, a billion) I’m going to assume most of you have seen it. If you look beyond the action and adventure and hammy acting by Johnny Depp, there’s really only one reason to watch it – Keira. However, you add all of that back in, and you have an almost perfect popcorn movie.
I’m a sucker for romantic comedies, big ensemble casts and the charms of the British. (I don’t see how any woman could resist Hugh Grant, like I doubt any man could resist Emma Thompson.) So, “Love Actually” falls right in my wheelhouse. Don’t, don’t, don’t try to say that “New Year’s Eve” is even close to the same thing. Shudder.
If you haven’t read any Ian McEwen, I highly recommend him. I still need to read “Amsterdam,” but I have thoroughly enjoyed “Saturday” and “Atonement.” Not exactly the happiest of tales, but they definitely have some meat to them. What can I say, I like my women like I like my books, intelligent with some meat to them.
This was one of my favorite movies of 2010. Based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, it seemed to tell a pretty simple story until hints of science fiction started to show through the cracks in the lives of characters portrayed by Keira, Andrew Garfield and Carey Mulligan. All three did a magnificent job acting and the story just kept me guessing. It’s rare that a movie inspires me to read the book, but this one did.
Agree? Disagree? Which movies would make your Keira Knightley 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."