Actor Ranked: Emma Watson

Released in cinemas today, Emma Watson stars in the psychological thriller, Regression, alongside Ethan Hawke in one of her most hard-hitting roles to date.

She may be most recognisable role for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter franchise, but let’s take a look at some of her other fantastic performances over the year.

Here is my ranking of her performances (not of the films themselves) to date:

1. The Perks of Being A Wallflower (2012)

The main success of The Perks of Being a Wallflower adaptation is the way its three leads are brought to life, with the films biggest quality being its three fantastic lead performances, each of whom suits their roles near-on perfectly. Logan Lerman finally takes a decent lead with a role that is both engaging and moving, enabling the audience to feel something for his every action. The fact that he was attractive, too, really helped the audience to engage with his character, making his role come across as cute rather than slightly weird, something which will always help a film relate to the audience when dealing with mental illnesses (I don’t want that to come across as shallow on my part, but I think it’s a true comment!). It was about time Lerman had his break-out performance, as well, and I can’t wait to see where he goes from here.

Emma Watson proves that she isn’t a one-trick pony and really puts the effort in to show that she is no longer just Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series and that she can actually deliver something much more adult. She’s actually pretty sexy in this film, playing a slightly promiscuous non-wizard teenager, and her American accent is a nice change, too.

You can read my full review here.

2. The Bling Ring (2013)

Sophia Coppola returns on top form with this film. A great portrayal of real-life teenagers, The Bling Ring is full of shallow, materialistic girls that are hard to care about, but the charm comes from the true yet outrageous story the film is based on, which makes it a whole lot more enjoyable.

Emma Watson gives a brilliant performance in this and is far from anything we have seen her in before.

3. The Harry Potter franchise (2001-2011)

This is where we all know Emma from and what a brilliant platform this was to boost her career.

She’s come along way since the days of Hermione Granger, but it is a role we will never forget her for as she brought the fictional character to life brilliantly.

You can read my reviews of these films here.

4. Beauty And The Beast (2017)

This live-action film is a wonderful reimagining of the classic animation. The costumes and set designs are stunning, the musical numbers are excellent, and the cast is amazing. The additional songs and extra subplots are great additions, too.

Emma Watson’s role will certainly split audiences, but I really enjoyed her performance, although it’s really all about Luke Evans and Josh Gad!

You can read my full review here.

5. Colonia (2015)

I know nothing of the real Colonia Dignidad, but I thought that this premise was really interested so I liked this film a lot more than I expected to.

Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl give good performances and I enjoyed the dark twists.

My Rankings Continued:
  • 6. My Week With Marilyn – Michelle Williams plays the role superbly and absolutely shines as the iconic actress, and her relationship with Colin is performed beautifully, unmasking an honest and engaging emotional friendship between the two. Scenes of Williams and Redmayne are constantly mesmerising and the cinematography is stunning throughout. I just love everything about this film. You can read my full review here.
  • 7. Noah – Packed with strong performances and brilliant visuals, Noah really is an epic. There really was no better man to lead this than Russell Crowe, and his rivalry with Ray Winstone certainly packs the punch that a story like this needs when being adapted on-screen. The cast is fantastic, with Emma Watson, especially, showing off some true talent. The equally brilliant performances bring the story to life with a huge momentum. You can read my full review here.
  • 8. Regression – Not Emma Watson’s or Ethan Hawke’s best but the story was interesting enough to keep following it. However, I feel like it went in completely the wrong direction to what it should have, not using such dark themes as merely a mocking twist.
  • 9. This Is The End – With some great and equally hilarious smaller cameo roles from the likes of Michael Cera and Emma Watson, too, this really is one big party you want to be a part of it. However, you do have to remember what you’re going in to. If you like these actors and the humour of Danny McBride then you will undoubtedly love this, but if you don’t appreciate their crudeness, you should already know to stay well away. You can read my full review here.

Note: I still need to watch Ballet Shoes and The Circle.

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About Charlie Morris

Proofreader and film blogger living in Cornwall.

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