My ‘top ? performances’ continues this week with Natalie Portman. Again like Drew Barrymore, she is around the same age as me, so I feel like she has been around all my life.
Black Swan, Annihilation and Jane Got A Gun are on my very long list of films to watch so unfortunately are not in this top 10.
Films that didn’t make he cut were Thor: The Dark World and Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones. She can do a lot with terrible dialogue, but this was a stretch for all concerned.
10. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith
So we still have terrible dialogue, so this one kind of slips in for being, not as bad as Attack Of The Clones. That is some shit accolade.
9. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Tim from Spaced has still not got over this film, but you can’t blame Natalie Portman. Her performance is good. This is also at a point in the franchise where they were giving her character some depth, unlike the sequels where she is only there as Anakin’s love interest.
Off the back of Leon, Natalie was getting a name for herself.
The first Thor film isn’t bad. The Dark World is awful, hence it not being on the list, and she isn’t in Ragnarok. Her performance in this is great, and I like the chemistry between her and Chris Hemsworth.
6. The Darjeeling Limited / Hotel Chevalier
Not a massive part but a great performance.
5. Mars Attacks!
Three films in and she’s playing the daughter of the President. I feel like the minority here as I love this film.
So I really liked this film, even though it is so fucking depressing. I mean I don’t think anyone ends up happy. I think Natalie is possibly the one who manages to come away with at least some dignity. Only some though.
This was the breakout performance. For her and for Gary Oldman. This film is fantastic and she is fantastic in it.
2. Garden State
I feel in love with Natalie Portman in this film. Well her and Zach Braff. This is one of my all time favourite films. I felt a connection to it and the characters, plus it has such a brilliant soundtrack. You can always rely on Zach to give us a good soundtrack.
Natalie is so endearing in the role of Sam. She is sweet, funny and her smile is infectious. At the age of 21 when this came out, I wished I was able to transport into this film and meet her for real.
1. V For Vendetta
It had to be V For Vendetta as my number one. Like Garden State, this is another one of my all time favourite films.
Her character, Evey’s relationship with V is so brilliant. She is stripped down and rebuilt through this film and done in such an amazing way. Easily my favourite performance of Natalie Portman.