Top 5 Robert Pattinson Movies–Top 5 Tuesday
It’s a good time to be a Pattinson fan.
Recently I came across a tweet that informed me that the Twilight film franchise premiered on November 21st, 2008. Here I sat, desperately trying to determine what my next Top 5 Tuesday could be, and then the answer plopped itself onto my unexpectant lap.
“I can discuss Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson,” I said to nobody. “I can rank their five best performances since Twilight, respectively.” Then I was hit with an unpleasant thought: between this idea and the Harry Potter vs Twilight Fandom War that I launched this site with, I have spent way more time thinking and writing about Twilight than I ever imagined I would.
No matter, this is important because neither Stewart nor Pattinson are slouches. They made their money with the glittery vampires and then went on to take more ambitious roles in better received movies.
My only issue when compiling this list was that I haven’t actually seen many of Stewarts’ best performances. She was great in Personal Shopper and I enjoyed American Ultra more than many, but I’m hardly a scholar on her. Creating a respectable list for Robert Pattinson ended up being easier so instead of appreciating Stewart and Pattinson, he’s flying solo. Sorry, Kristen.
To be honest, I have yet to absolutely love any movie that Pattinson has been in. There have been a few that have been great, and some very good. Some of them have disappointed me even if I ultimately enjoyed them. There could be movies that underwhelmed as a whole while his performance entertained. So like my Nicolas Cage Top 5 from last week, whatever movie gets on here could be either because of his performance or the film itself–or a mixture of both.
David Cronenberg made his name with horror flicks, but somewhere along the way he transitioned into making more movies in other genres. His take on a drama, Cosmopolis, is a good example of his diversity as a filmmaker. It feels unnatural and detached, but that coldness it used symbolically and because of that it’s still possible to be drawn into this world.
It has a good cast, as well. There are a few names of note present, but Cronenberg tapped Pattinson to star in a film released the same year as Breaking Dawn–Part 2. His stoic performance may be off-putting to some but that was a acting/directorial choice made to serve the narrative rather than a limitation of Pattinson as an artist.
4: The Rover
In 2014 Pattinson starred opposite Guy Pearce in an overlooked post-apocalyptic flick. There was a time where the market felt saturated by this type of film but I wasn’t sick of them. The Rover is bleak and brutal but it doesn’t have a massive, complicated plot or a huge conspiracy; it’s a simple moment in time where a guy is chasing down the people who took his car.
It’s just a snapshot of one event that may take place in a post-apocalyptic world and because of that it feels more intimate. The violence is akin to Drive–intense and sudden, with impact. This is brought alive by both Pearce and Pattinson, but Robert is the guy we’re shining a light on here.
3: The Devil All the Time
I reviewed this Netflix original upon release and thought it was a solid drama. I was going to write what I thought of Pattinson’s performance but then I re-read the article and realized that what I wrote there was pertinent to here. So let me just plagiarize myself.
“In a much smaller role you have Robert Pattinson, who for some reason still gets called the guy from the Twilight franchise. I get it, he made his name (and money) there, but he has positioned himself as a respectable talent since. I would argue that he’s often the best part in the films that he stars in. I would also argue that that may be true in this case as well.”
2: High Life
Up until this point my selections were movies that I deem great. This means that I rate them at least an 8/10, making them worthy of anybody’s time. This is a turning point in my list because this, and the next one, are movies that I regard as very good but a little disappointing.
High Life has a lot going for it. Director Claire Denis did a lot with space and a single location, for example. It explores a message of reproduction and nature efficiently. Robert Pattinson steals the show whenever he is on screen.
My problem is just that it’s slow and contemplative, sometimes to its detriment, and Denis was never fully capable of making me feel what she wanted me to feel. That doesn’t detract from Pattinson, these are just complaints I have. Others viewed the film more favourably than myself, and that’s fine, but keep in mind that I still rated it a 7.5/10.
I put it at the second spot because it’s the best performance I’ve seen Pattinson give, outside of the king at number one.
1: The Lighthouse
There’s a seed of an idea for an article that I could write, but what prevents me is that it’s too early to do so and my opinion could change in time. Why am I pondering writing ideas out loud, you ask? It’s because Robert Eggers is one of the most technically accomplished and stunning directors working today and yet I can not fall in love with this guy’s work. It’s a rare occurrence and something that I may explore in the future if it continues down this path.
Eggers has a directorial prowess that is a marvel, honestly. The Lighthouse, from a visual and audible perspective, is an absolute powerhouse. Really, just like The Witch was before it. Dafoe and Pattinson brought their A-game and played off each other exceptionally well.
With both of his films I’ve felt like Eggers provides me with all the necessary tools to survive in the wild instead of just letting me in his house so I wouldn’t have to learn how to erect shelter from nothing. He leaves me cold and the only explanation I have for that is because the writing needs work. He co-wrote The Lighthouse and wrote The Witch himself, so that’s the only weak aspect of his films.
I’m aware that I’m in a minority here because the reception for this was incredible, and that’s partially why I place it first. It’s another situation, like with High Life, where Pattinson is so fantastic that it helps me get over my opinion of the final product.
This guy approves of Pattinson’s post-Twilight career and thinks I should have included Good Times instead of merely making a pun out of it at the beginning of the article.