March 17, 2012 at 3:27 pm #57414
I know, people getting tired all of this “actor topic” thing but I had to make a Saoirse Ronan one.
She had several good performances, has an Oscar-Nomination and several new roles.
Let’s discuss. Which is your favorite Ronan role?
I’ll choose the Lovely Bones, but I also liked her in Atonement, Hanna and The Way Back!March 17, 2012 at 3:33 pm #57416
Hanna was her first role where she didn’t annoy me, so that’s a step in the right direction.March 17, 2012 at 3:40 pm #57417
I think she’s been good to great in all of her roles so far. I was most impressed by her work in ‘Hanna’, ‘The Way Back’, and ‘Atonement’.March 17, 2012 at 3:44 pm #57418
OK, I’ll give you The Way Back. For me she was terribly misdirected in Atonement, and was part of my intense dislike of that film. I thought it was an out and out bad performance. The Lonely Bones was so misbegotten no one could have looked good in that role.
I have seen Violet and Daisy, her 2nd teenage assassin movie of 2011 (how does an agent let that happen?). Directed by Geoffrey Fletcher, the Oscar winning writer of Precious, it premiered at Toronto to negative response. It still has no US distributor, and appears to possibly to end up going to either cable or DVD first (or maybe VOD). Even after Hanna, she is not regarded remotely as a star who can bring an audience into a movie on her own.March 17, 2012 at 3:48 pm #57419
I can’t see how anyone would regard her as a “star”. I highly doubt even 2% of Americans could tell you who she was if you gave them her name only.March 17, 2012 at 3:53 pm #57420
I totally agree, it’s just the hype for her (particularly here from Atonement on) has been more intense than for anyone else of her age group, maybe since Jodie Foster. And she has yet (at least before Hanna) to live up to that hype in terms of either critical or popular reaction.
The next couple of years are going to be crucial for her career. She has talent, but is not a conventional young beauty (nothing wrong with that, and not saying that as a negative), and will need some breaks to get to the next level.
She always reminds me of Linda Manz (the young girl in Days of Heaven).March 17, 2012 at 4:01 pm #57421
I think Saoirse Ronan and Dakota Fanning are the two best young working actress in Hollywood.March 17, 2012 at 4:08 pm #57422
and I have to agree with you, to complete the top 3 I’ll put Chlöe Moretz.March 17, 2012 at 4:12 pm #57423
The irony though is she is not a :”Hollywood” actor. She has completed only one American film, a totally indie film. The Host (the remake of the terrific South Korean thriller) is her first American studio film. Up till now, she has not been a Hollywood actress.March 17, 2012 at 4:24 pm #57424
I for one, have no problem with these separate Actor threads. As long as they are talented actors with a good catalogue of films or performances. However I don’t want to see things like the Channing Tatum or the Selena Gomez Thread.
Now I really wouldn’t know who Saoirse Ronan is, even if she came up to me and introduced herself. Though from what I have seen of her in Atonement and Hanna, I think she is one extrordinary young actress. She may be like Jodie Foster, and win when she gets older.
Speaking of Dakota, it truly kills me how mediocre actors such as Abigail Breslin and Jonah Hill have Oscar nominations, and not Fanning. She is just as talented as Ronan, and put up many Oscar worthy performances.March 17, 2012 at 4:37 pm #57425
Jonah Hill is a very talented actor. He was great in Moneyball, totally deserved the nomination, and is also getting a good deal of critical acclaim for 21 Jump Street (for which he and Tatum might both get GG comedy/musical lead actor nominations).
He’s also an adult (28), so I’m not sure what he has to do with Fanning.March 17, 2012 at 4:46 pm #57426
The irony though is she is not a :”Hollywood” actor. She has completed only one American film, a totally indie film. The Host (the remake of the terrific South Korean thriller) is her first American studio film. Up till now, she has not been a Hollywood actress.
The Host is actually based on a Stephenie Meyer (Twilight author extraordinaire) book, so it’s not a remake of the great film you’re referring to.March 17, 2012 at 4:52 pm #57427
Duh – thanks for catching that.
There’ve been so many remakes of Korean films that this seemed natural (plus Andrew Niccol is a sci-fi/fantasy film director).
I am not familiar with that novel.
This looks like it could be her potential breakthough film.March 17, 2012 at 4:59 pm #57428
Synopsis (Ronan plays Melanie):
Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact and continue their lives apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed.
When Melanie, one of the few remaining “wild” humans, is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.
When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.
Interested by Niccol’s involvement – I’ve liked his movies quite a bit.March 17, 2012 at 5:28 pm #57429
The Amanda Seyfried thread was bad enough, but now Saoirse Ronan? Anyway, I’ll say that Saoirse Ronan was excellent in “Atonement,” did the best she could with a poor adaptation of “The Lovely Bones,” and was probably the best thing about “Hanna,” a film that I thought was awful and difficult to finish watching. I’ll be very interested in seeing what roles she chooses as an adult.
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