With March being a five week month we’ve had to keep you waiting for this fortnights Movie Chat Top 10. Due to this and to celebrate the release of ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ we wanted to bring you a very special versus Top 10 list. So myself (HC) & the guys from JumpCut UK Nick and Jakob have ranked the performances of the three leading ladies from ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’. So who will come out on top? Emily Blunt, Charlize Theron or Jessica Chastain? Read on to find out!
#10. Emily Blunt as ‘Tamsin’ from ‘My Summer of Love’ (2004)
Everyone has to start somewhere and low-budget, British film ‘My Summer of Love’ was the beginning of what has become a hugely successful career for Emily Blunt. 21 year old Blunt stars as dream-like, enigma character ‘Tamsin’ as one half of an adolescent, lesbian love affair that spans the length of a Yorkshire summer. Considering this was Blunt’s first feature length role, she certainly threw herself into the deep end, as the role required several nude and intimate scenes with her onscreen lover. Her character is so complex, engaging and alluring that I found myself falling into the similar traps that her on-screen lover also fell foul of (slight spoiler), a testament to Blunt’s authentic performance. She dominates the screen with such prowess you have to remind yourself this was her first outing on the silver screen and it’s obvious when watching this that she was destined for Hollywood stardom after this most humble of beginnings.
#9. Charlize Theron as ‘Aileen Wuornos’ from ‘Monster’ (2003)
We’re going back 13 years for this one, but believe me, you can’t forget about Charlize Theron’s incredible transformation and Oscar-winning performance in ‘Monster’. From director Patty Jenkins – the same Patty Jenkins who will be steering the ship on next year’s ‘Wonder Woman’ movie – this true story of a prostitute turned killer is probably the darkest and most sinister example of a “female empowerment” film. As the aforementioned prostitute turned killer, Theron is unrecognisable in appearance, but that ruthless badassery is still there shining through. The actual film isn’t amazing, but you have to see it for Theron’s performance alone.
To read a REVIEW of ‘Monster’ by JumpCut UK click HERE.
#8. Emily Blunt as ‘Rita Vrataski’ from ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ (2014)
Sci-Fi action certainly wasn’t a genre that Emily Blunt had much experience in before appearing in ‘Edge of Tomorrow’. However after the performance she gives you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise! Blunt’s character goes by the name of ‘Full Metal Bitch’ and quite appropriate this name is as she storms through the various action scenes like a pro. There’s more to her performance here than just action but it is what stands out and it’s awesome to see the versatility that this wonderful actress has.
#7. Jessica Chastain as ‘Maya’ from ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ (2012)
Chastain’s performance as CIA agent Maya would probably find itself higher up on other people’s lists, but suffers here as a result of 2 out of 3 contributors not having seen the film (tut tut). Don’t let the relatively lowly positioning here fool you into believing that Chastain’s Oscar nominated performance is anything but astonishing. ‘Maya’ is the definition of female empowerment. We watch as she singlehandedly overpowers and undermines her seemingly incapable senior male counterparts as she hunts down the “World’s Most Wanted Man”. She is fierce, feisty and explosive (watch out for a scene alongside Kyle Chandler in particular) yet tempered with a fragility that makes her character and the performance all the more intriguing and exhilarating. Chastain’s performance is a huge contributing factor in a hugely impressive film that deals with the war on terrorism with unparalleled brutality and mercilessness.
#6. Emily Blunt as ‘Sara’ from ‘Looper’ (2012)
‘Looper’ is a fantastic film with many great elements but one crucial to its success has to be the performance from Emily Blunt. Here she plays ‘Sara’ a single mother who protects her son much like a lioness would her cub. Blunt nails this ferocity but also demonstrates other more tender characteristics of a mother making this a very well rounded entry into her filmography. Not being content with this Blunt also has brilliant chemistry with her co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt making sure that ‘Looper’ is an enthralling watch at all times.
#5. Jessica Chastain as ‘Anna Morales’ from ‘A Most Violent Year’ (2015)
‘A Most Violent Year’ could well be one of 2015’s most under-rated films. Whilst some struggled with the maybe lower than expected levels of violence what no-one can deny is the wonderful performance from Chastain. Herself and everyone’s favourite X-Wing pilot, Oscar Issac lead the cast here and they do a tremendous job. Chastain’s character ‘Anna’ offers an irresistible contrast to Issac’s ‘Abel’ and the pair really are the backbone of this film. However, things always seemed that bit more interesting, exciting and sexy when Chastain takes centre stage.
To read a REVIEW of ‘A Most Violent Year’ by HCMovieReviews click HERE.
#4. Charlize Theron as ‘Queen Ravenna’ from ‘Snow White & The Huntsman’ (2012)
There’s no doubt that ‘Snow White & The Huntsman’ was an enjoyable film but four years on it hasn’t been all that memorable. However, one thing no-one is forgetting in a hurry is Theron’s turn as ‘Queen Ravenna’. This character is the embodiment of a fairy tale villain and Theron captures this perfectly with a powerful performance that demands the attention of audiences. It’s not like we needed a reason to go and see ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ considering the cast but one reason we definitely do have for seeing it is to witness Theron dawn the crown once more and unleash her evil onto all that enter her presence!
#3. Jessica Chastain as ‘Lucille Sharpe’ from ‘Crimson Peak’ (2015)
2015 was a great year for the three ladies at the centre of this week’s discussion, not least Jessica Chastain who seems to be going from strength to strength. Collectively we agreed that her portrayal of ‘Lady Lucille Sharpe’, in Guillermo del Toro’s Gothic romance (not a horror) ‘Crimson Peak’, is her best to date. This may have technically been a supporting role, but there’s no doubt that Chastain’s chilling performance was the highlight of this film. The general tone of the film may have been further from horror than many expected, but boy oh boy was Chastain terrifying; she may look like a nice woman but she certainly has a dark side.
#2. Emily Blunt as ‘Kate Macer’ in ‘Sicario’ (2015)
One of the best films of 2015 included one of the best performances of the year, and Blunt can probably consider herself slightly unlucky that she didn’t find herself nominated during awards season. Blunt’s performance as troubled ‘Kate Macer’ was nigh on perfect as she perfectly captured the damaging effect that conflict can have on an individual and indeed the infra-red scene in the underground passage where Blunt’s character completely loses all sense of self control was as impressive as it was unnerving. A superb performance from arguably Britain’s biggest female star right now.
#1. Charlize Theron as ‘Imperator Furiosa’ from ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ (2015)
We were all fooled by the title of this movie last year, expecting another Tom Hardy action masterclass. What we got instead was Tom grunting in the corner whilst Charlize Theron pulled out one of the most badass action performances ever to steal the show. She may have been snubbed by The Academy – many touted her as a dark horse for an acting gong for this role – but we are pleased to give her top spot in this list, narrowly beating Emily Blunt into second place. As ‘Imperator Furiosa’, Theron was everything that a heroine should be and most definitely stole the show in one of 2015’s best movies.
To read a REVIEW of ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ by JumpCut UK click HERE.
So that’s our list but we want to know what your favourite Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron & Emily Blunt performances are!? Leave a comment below or drop us a tweet over on our twitter accounts!
Written and edited by Nick Deal, Jakob Lewis Barnes & Hamish Calvert