Edward from Twilight (2008), Cedric Diggory from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) and now Batman. Pattinson has also been in smaller films that have strange characters that are just as intriguing and weird as they are thought-provoking. Today, let’s talk about Robert Pattinson and some films he has made during his career thus far.
I want to start by saying that I think Pattinson is an incredible actor. There are not many actors that I watch and completely see them disappear in their roles. But Pattinson is one of them. He can do any accent, he changes his posture, his tone of voice, his facial movements, and it seems so natural. I think he is a cool dude with bountiful amounts of raw talent. On top of that, in interviews he is modest and rarely says anything nice about himself. Maybe that is the British in him, but his talent is hard to ignore. He even has a hard time explaining how exactly he acts, he just does it.
He has been in so many films, played so many diverse characters, that I think it is hard for him to be type-cast now. Pattinson worked hard for that. After Twilight it would have been easy for him to take up roles in the newest blockbuster, but he went on his own route, and I admire that.
Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire (2005)
As someone who grew up watching the Harry Potter films, I remember Cedric Diggory as someone who thought he was too cool for Potter. But, Harry always responded to Diggory’s comments by being mature and taking the upper hand. The world of Hogwarts seems like its own entity in itself, which is why when I think of Cedric, I think of Cedric and I do not even think of Pattinson. But I think Robert played this role well. His unfortunate ending was indeed very sad and heart-breaking.
I know I could not write this post without discussing Twilight. I was a fan of this genre: the whole vampire, werewolf world. But I have to say, I was Team Jacob. Yeah, I was not Team Edward. This was a big thing back when those films came out. I remember getting into debates about this with my friends. Who should Bella end up with? Jacob, of course. I even had a Jacob bookmark with a wolf charm on it and a poster and I drew a picture of Taylor Launter for my art project in the 7th grade. Yes, that was me. Also, please appreciate how I made the picture for this post an apple because of the apple scene in the Twilight. Now, we can move on, just as Pattinson did.
Remember Me (2010)
I have not watched this film in a long time, but Pattinson’s performance holds its own. Every film I have seen Pattinson in, somehow he always steals the scenes. He does not need to be a lead actor, yet somehow his performance always drives me to stare in his direction. He is a natural actor and tells stories in ways that engage the audience and make them stay invigorated with his character.
This is one of the intense scenes from the film that I remember vividly:
Water for Elephants (2011)
This brilliant film stars Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon, as well as Christoph Waltz. This is one of my favorite films of Pattinson’s. I like the character he plays, he is very likable. But I also enjoy the story as a whole and how it is predictable, yet unpredictable. If I were to summarize this film, it would sound cliche, yet somehow watching it, it does not seem cliche at all. The acting is captivating and you just get immersed in the story, more specifically, in the world of the circus.
Cosmopolis (2012) and Map to the Stars (2014)
I lumped these films together because they both gave me similar feelings: feelings of unease. I could not finish watching Map to the Stars because it made me uncomfortable and made my stomach feel sick. This may sound dramatic, but if you have seen these films, you might understand what I am talking about.
Both of these films are by the same director, so I think my feeling has to do with his directing style, as well as the focus topics of his films. They make me feel uncomfortable and weird, they make me not feel right. But maybe that is the purpose of them. This opinion has little to do with the acting and most to do with the topics and the way emotions are dealt with in the films.
The Rover (2014)
I just watched this film the other day and I did not enjoy it. For the majority of the film, the audience is left in the dark on the major plot point. Then in the end, when the audience learns this hidden plot point, there is not much excitement and not much happens.
I think this film could have been shorter and included a turning event that could have excited the story mid-film to get the audience more engaged. These changes would have made the viewers care more about the characters and would have added some much needed suspense. None of this is Pattinson’s fault. He plays his character well, I just wish the story was more eventful and had more meaning for the audience to identify.
Good Time (2017)
Crazy, crazy, crazy. So much happening all of the time, from start to finish. Watch the trailer and you might understand what I mean. Pattinson is nearly unrecognizable in this role. The directors, the Safdie brothers (Josh and Benny) make this film intense and a constant juggling of emotions, action and movement.
At first I could not watch this film because it made me feel so nervous just watching it. Eventually I worked up the courage to watch it all the way through, and I loved it. So good, such good acting. I do not want to say too much or give too much away, but you should watch this film. You may see a side of Pattinson that you have not seen before. And his hair is brilliant. And blonde. Very blonde.
Pattinson in Interviews:
I could not finish this post without urging you to watch an interview of Pattinson. You can read about him, but I think you need to see him talk to fully grasp his ability to act. Here are some interviews you might enjoy giving a watch:
Dear Mr. Robert Pattinson,
Dude, you are awesome and weird, but in the best way possible. I think the films you do show your acting talent and allow you to explore your imagination and creativity. I think you took a unique path, instead of following the footsteps of someone else. And I think that is very noble. Maybe I am as weird as you, considering I am writing this as if you will ever read it.
P.S. Let me know in the comments what you think of Pattinson being cast as the next Batman. I would love to read your thoughts! What is your favorite Pattinson film?