Emma Watson's OTHER Films (Part 2)
*Note: For the beginning of this Hubpage please check out "Emma Watson's OTHER Films Part 1"
THE BLING RING (2013)
Directed by Sophia Coppola (Lost in Translation) this film is inspired off true events of young kids robbing the homes of celebrities.
Quite honestly, there isn’t much to this movie. There’s not much character development or subplot. It’s just a group of kids that meet and decide to rob the houses of their favorite idols. That’s it!
Emma plays the innocent-acting yet bratty Nicki, a home schooled girl who will do anything to be famous.
Emma has stated that part of what drew her to the role of Nicki was the fact that Nicki was the complete opposite of Emma: drugs, drinking, partying, stealing, wearing skimpy clothes, and just living on the edge. Up until now, Emma has only played good, smart, and somewhat innocent roles, so she saw this part as an opportunity to test her acting abilities. She even pole dances!!! If you were ever curious to see what Emma’s “dark side” would look like, it’s Nicki.
I do give credit to the actors for improvising through most of their scenes but the movie overall is pointless and boring.
Overall Rating: 1/5
This is Darren Aronofsky’s (Black Swan) take on the biblical story of Noah and the Ark.
The plot is pretty much what you expect. Noah (Russell Crowe) is given word that God plans to flood the earth and he must build an ark to save his family and every species of animal from drowning. However, as time goes on, Noah begins to lose his faith in humanity and believes that the world would be a much better place if mankind was extinct.
About five minutes into it, I already knew it was going to be dreadful! This is NOT the classic story of Noah and the Ark! It’s a fictional telling with rock giants and magic! Even Aronofsky admitted that Noah was the least biblical, biblical movie ever made. It’s also hard to tell exactly when this film is set. Some say the past, some say it’s the future. Either way you just don’t buy the film’s story.
Emma plays Ila, a young girl that is found during Noah’s family’s travels and eventually becomes the wife of Noah’s eldest son, Shem (Douglas Booth). Unfortunately, no character is really memorable in this film.
The music and the landscapes are beautiful though. When it gets to the point where you are more interested in the scenery than the performances, then you know it’s not a movie worth watching. I guess that’s what you get when you let an atheist direct a biblical story.
Overall Rating: 0/5
THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER (2012)
Yeah, I had to save the best for last!!!
Based on the coming-of-age novel by Stephen Chbosky (who also wrote and directed the film), Wallflower focuses on Charlie (Logan Lerman) as he experiences a new high school for his junior year. He is taken under the wings of senior students Patrick (Ezra Miller) and his stepsister Sam (Watson) whom Charlie immediately falls in love with.
The two of them help Charlie find a place to belong and teach him to just live in the moment.
This film also marks Emma’s first attempt at acting with an American accent. While it does seem to be a bit dodgy in places, she did a pretty good job.
The movie is well made and so emotionally powerful that even Emma has stated that when she was watching the film she got teary-eyed.
Out of all of Emma’s films, outside of Harry Potter, this is the film I recommend the most!
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Even with her box office flops and weak independent films, Emma Watson is still greatly adored and admired by the public. Even her recent attempts at pushing for gender equality have made her more popular than ever and have shown everyone how gifted she truly is.
To most of us, Emma will always be Harry Potter’s Hermione Granger, but I am looking forward to her new movies Regression and Colonia both coming out later this year. And while I don’t approve of remaking classic Disney animated films with live people, I am also interested in seeing Emma play Belle in the remake of Beauty and the Beast!
In conclusion, I believe it’s safe to say that whatever Emma sets her mind to next she will be successful at it.
*Please check out Emma's speech at the UN last year and if you support her cause, check out HeForShe.org*