Hope for Hollywood- Jennifer Lawrence
I covered Joseph Gordon-Levitt in my first edition (https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/hope-for-hollywood-a-new-generation-of-actors-part-one-of-a-series/), but there are plenty of male and female actors that are rising to new heights within the movie industry.
Jennifer Lawrence born August 15th 1990.
Jennifer Lawrence was already a teenager when she broke into movies. She made some television appearances, but it wasn’t until The Poker House (2008) and The Burning Plain (2008) when she established herself as a young female actor with potential. Her breakout role wasn’t until Winter’s Bone (2010); she played a young girl trying to find her father and keep her family together despite overwhelming odds and conditions with the setting as the Ozarks. It’s a bleak, but good movie I’d recommend for many.
Lawrence would find more success films in 2011 with movies Like Crazy and The Beaver; they may not have been major hits but they showcased her growing talent. Her next big hit was in X-Men: First Class (2011) where she played the X-Men (X-Woman?) Raven/Mystique. This movie reinvigorated the X-Men franchise and Lawrence held her own with a cast featuring Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon, and James McAvoy. In 2012, Lawrence had a huge year where she emerged into a fully fledged Hollywood star. The Hunger Games (2012) where she played the heroine-to-be, Katniss Everdeen. Perhaps her most impressive role to date was in Silver Linings Playbook (2012) starring Bradley Cooper, and Robert DeNiro. Lawrence played a problematic girl with dreams of her own. (This is by far one of the best romance movies you may ever see. Real, well acted all around with a great and interesting story.)
She had some flubs like House at the End of the Street (2013), and The Devil You Know (2013), but returned in The Hunger Games; Catching Fire (2013). (Although the trilogy isn‘t for me, I saw this movie as an improvement over the first one.) She also had a hit with American Hustle (2013), a crime drama, that is supposed to be funny (I guess it‘s a dry…dark humor.). Lawrence came in strong into 2014, but stumbled momentarily with the movie, Serena, but that drop would be short lives as again, she played Raven/Mystique in X-Men; Days of Future Past. (She plays that character very well I‘ll admit.) Now, she returns as Katniss in The Hunger Games; Mockingjay part 1. (Check out my thoughts that https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/movies-releases-for-112114/).
Of course, Lawrence will return in The Hunger Games; Mockingjay Part 2 next year. She will also return as Raven/Mystique in X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016. Even more impressive is she will play Joy Magano in a biopic/drama in 2015 called Joy. (Some franchises are fine, but it‘s always good to test your acting chops with new roles.) Speaking of which, I love Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, but I love when he branches out.
Jennifer Lawrence has had some run-ins with the public recently but I always give a little bit of space for younger stars to find themselves. She is a very talented female actor, but I think there needs to be some maturation at some point. We’ve seen plenty of talented young stars fall apart because of various addictions and problems caused by the onset of stardom. I’m rooting for Lawrence to rise above it all and one day soon be among the most respected female actors of my generation.
What is your favorite Jennifer Lawrence movie to date?
Should it be actress or female actor? I have no issue with either, but if people have a preference. Let me know.