Actors’ Spotlight #22: Halle Berry

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Halle Maria Berry (born Maria Halle Berry; August 14, 1966) is an American actress, film producer, and former fashion model. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress in 2002 for her performance in the romantic drama Monster’s Ball (2001), which made her the only woman of color to win a Best Actress Academy Award to date, as of 2016.

Berry was one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood during the 2000s and has been involved in the production of several of the films in which she performed. She is also a Revlon spokesmodel. Before becoming an actress, she started modeling and entered several beauty contests, finishing as the 1st runner-up in the Miss USA Pageant and coming in 6th place in the Miss World Pageant in 1986. Her breakthrough film role was in the romantic comedy Boomerang (1992), alongside Eddie Murphy, which led to roles in films such as the comedy The Flintstones (1994), the political comedy-drama Bulworth (1998) and the television film Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999), for which she won the Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, among many other awards.

In addition to her Academy Award win, Berry garnered high-profile roles in the 2000s such as Storm in the X-Men film series (beginning in 2000), the action crime thriller Swordfish (2001), and the spy film Die Another Day (2002), where she played Bond Girl Jinx. She then appeared in the X-Men sequels, X2: X-Men United (2003) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). In the 2010s, she appeared in movies such as the science fiction film Cloud Atlas (2012), the crime thriller The Call (2013) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).

Divorced from baseball player David Justice and singer-songwriter Eric Benét, Berry has a daughter by model Gabriel Aubry, and a son by actor Olivier Martinez.

Halle Berry is one of those mixed actresses for me, she can be a really solid actress when given the right role but when she’s in a bad movie, she really fails in it along with the film itself.

Here are 5 examples of Halle Berry at her absolute worst, these are the top 5 worst Halle Berry films:

5. Gothika

Kind of a mediocre psychological drama that tries to be a gritty thriller but it’s really lame.

4. New Year’s Eve

She’s one of the many many people who should know better than to have starred in this pile of shit romantic comedy with no romance or comedy for that matter. Speaking of pile of shit all-star comedies…

3. Movie 43

Now, I have not watched the whole thing, I only saw a little bit of this on Comedy Central and the one bit I unfortunately saw was the one with Berry and Jemaine Clement and…yeah, it was pretty bad. I’m not even gonna watch the rest of the movie because I know that if I do, I’ll probably end up killing myself.

2. The Call

But alas, Movie 43 was not the worst Halle Berry movie released in 2013, this was. My god, what a steaming pile of garbage this was.

Talk about a movie where they literally give you every single detail in the trailer. This movie not only does that but it comes up with some of the stupidest plot choices I’ve ever seen in a movie. Halle Berry has one expression in this entire movie, it’s what I like to call the “Oh, I just shit myself” look. Every single scene has her with just that one look and that’s it.

Also, the villain is so over the top cartoonish, the girl he kidnaps is an idiot who’s making it much harder to free herself than the movie is making it look, and there’s just no tension at all because you know exactly how it’s going to end.

and the #1 worst Halle Berry movie of all time, oh for god’s sake, it’s fucking Catwoman:

Yeah, I didn’t even need to spoil it, everybody knows Catwoman is the worst Halle Berry movie ever, not only that, it’s one of the worst movies ever made.

What do I even need to say about a movie this bad?

Don’t tell me that this movie is supposed to feature a strong lead female character when you add a line like that into your movie. You know, at least films like Red Sonja, Supergirl and Elektra were at least trying to provide good lead female characters but they all had terrible scripts to work with but this is just god-awful. This makes Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider seem like the most well-handled lead female character…that’s what we’ve basically come to.

Now that we’ve dwelled on the negatives, let’s look at the positives, these are Halle Berry at her 5 finest:

5. Swordfish

Let’s look over the fact that you get to see Halle Berry’s boobs because yeah, it’s hard not to talk about this movie without bringing that up but yeah, overall, this is kind of a fun little crime thriller, stupid, yes, but fun nonetheless.

4. Robots

Probably the most underrated Blue Sky Studios movie in my opinion, this was actually kind of a fun animated movie back when Blue Sky was actually considered likeable…before they spent the next three out of four years bringing out total shit. But yeah, Robots was pretty good.

3. Why Do Fools Fall In Love

Probably one of the most overlooked Halle Berry films ever, this was the biopic of Frankie Lymon of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers with Larenz Tate as Lymon and Berry playing Zola Taylor, you’ve also got Vivica A. Fox and Lela Rochon in the film as well. This is directed by Gregory Nava, the director of Selena, and much like Selena, this is a very heavily flawed movie but a lot of good performances in it to keep it afloat.

2. X2: X-Men United

Of the X-Men movies, X2 is the one that has Berry’s Storm giving the best performance of the series. Now, don’t get me wrong, Days Of Future Past is still the best X-Men movie but Storm was barely in it and this is talking about Berry’s best movies and X2 is the best one that she’s involved in.

and the #1 best Halle Berry movie is…

Monster’s Ball

The role that Berry won her Best Actress Oscar for and she gave a really strong and excellent performance in this playing off beautifully opposite Billy Bob Thornton. Maybe not an overall perfect film but works solely on the performances and Berry’s was one of the main highlights.

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