Actors’ Spotlight #37: Emily Blunt

Emily Olivia Leah Blunt (born 23 February 1983) is a British-American actress. She made her professional debut in The Royal Family. Her screen debut was in the 2003 television film Boudica (Warrior Queen). Her performance in the 2004 drama film My Summer of Love garnered her the Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer. For her performance in the TV film Gideon’s Daughter (2006) she received a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. That same year, she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture and a nomination for a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Devil Wears Prada.

In 2009, Blunt received the BAFTA Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year. She received more acclaim for portraying Queen Victoria in The Young Victoria (2009), receiving a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. 2009 also saw Blunt appear in the crime caper comedy “Wild Target” with Bill Nighy and Rupert Grint. She found commercial success for roles in the romantic science-fiction thriller The Adjustment Bureau (2011), the science-fiction action thriller Looper (2012), and the sci-fi film Edge of Tomorrow (2014). Blunt received her fourth and fifth Golden Globe Award nominations for her roles in the romantic comedy-drama Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012) and the musical fantasy Into the Woods (2014) in the Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical category. In 2016, Blunt starred in the fantasy-action film The Huntsman: Winter’s War and The Girl on the Train, the latter based on the international best-selling novel of the same name.

Emily Blunt is one of those actresses that will usually turn in a really great performance regardless of what movie she puts herself in…most of the time but we’ll delve into her worst films a little later on.

For right now, let’s take a look at the 5 best Emily Blunt performances:

5. Looper

In the film, time travel is invented by the year 2074 (although it is immediately outlawed) and is used by criminal organizations to send those they want killed into the past where they are killed by “loopers” – assassins paid with silver bars strapped to their targets. Joe, a looper, encounters himself when his older self (Bruce Willis) is sent back in time to be killed. Maybe not one of the stronger Rian Johnson projects but the concept and watching Levitt and Willis work off each other makes the movie an enjoyable action adventure movie.

4. Sunshine Cleaning

For those of you who don’t remember this film, here’s a gist of the plot. Amy Adams & Emily Blunt are sisters who clean houses for a living and take part in cleaning up crime scenes and by the end of the film, help people out who have been stuck in these kind of situations. This was such a great film that got completely overlooked by everybody. Adams & Blunt are both wonderful in this and Alan Arkin and Steve Zahn also offer great performances in the film. If you haven’t seen or heard of this movie, go look for it or watch it on Starz!, Sunshine Cleaning has the great hipness that Little Miss Sunshine had and thensome.

3. The Devil Wears Prada

Not particularly a fan of this movie in terms of the comedy but the best aspect of this movie is the casting, Anne Hathaway is good in it, Emily Blunt makes a great film debut in this, and Meryl Streep is excellent in this movie.

2. Sicario

Often considered one of the best movies from last year, there’s definitely something gorgeous to look at in Sicario and that’s the cinematography, it’s fantastic in this, Roger Deakins once again delivers great cinematography and for a film like this, he makes it work so well. Combine that with the dark direction of director Denis Villenueve, whose last movie Prisoners was great, and a strong cast lead by Benecio Del Toro, Emily Blunt, & Josh Brolin and you have a dark gritty drama nicely acted, well directed, brilliantly told, and gorgeously shot.

and the #1 best Emily Blunt movie is…

Edge Of Tomorrow

In this movie, Blunt as Rita Vratski doesn’t play against the usual stereotypes that we are used to seeing these characters playing. Rita Vrataski doesn’t fall into the typical action heroine stereotype, she contributes to everything that happens, she helps Tom Cruise’s character fight the right way, and she fights the threat just like the male characters do.

Those are her at her best, now let’s look at her at her worst:

5. The Wolfman

Just be the damsel-in-distress, that’s basically what director Joe Johnston said to Emily Blunt, just be the damsel-in-distress with no character or personality whatsoever, that’s pretty much all of Emily Blunt’s role in this.

4. Gulliver’s Travels

My god, I don’t know what Blunt was thinking when she took this, the whole movie just feels like a mess, unfunny, waste of really good actors, and a complete misrepresentation of the original story.

3. The Girl On The Train

Yeah, I know this just came out recently but you know what, that doesn’t mean jack, this movie was awful. It’s a bad Lifetime movie blown up for the big screen, melodramatic as shit, a waste of talented actors, and just a sloppy annoying mess of a film.

2. The Huntsman: Winter’s War

Let’s just call this what it was, Universal’s live-action Frozen and a shitty live-action Frozen movie to say the least. It’s bad enough that this movie sucks but I also had a sucky theatrical experience while watching it too. Yet another pointless sequel.

and the #1 worst Emily Blunt movie is…

The Five Year Engagement

Just one gigantic mess of a movie, Jason Segel and Blunt had no chemistry together, the supporting cast of extremely talented comedic actors is wasted, the script is terrible the comedy is awful, it’s a gigantic mess of a movie.

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