Actor Ranked: Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett has played everybody from the Queen of England to the legendary Bob Dylan and is an actress known for both her beauty and class, no matter what the role.

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

1. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

For me, Marvel films always succeed over DC films because of two things: the use of good and well-timed humour and a believable and threatening villain. And these are two of the best things about this film.

Cate Blanchett is phenomenal as Hela. Usually, this would be a show-stealing performance, but whilst her character is used brilliantly and she completely fulfils the role, there’s just so many great things about this film that Blanchett isn’t even at the top of the list.

You can read my full review here.

2. Elizabeth (1998)

This is a role that Blanchett fit extremely well, and her transformation was incredibly well done.

It’s hard not to picture her as the exquisitely dressed Queen when you mention her name, and she really couldn’t have been played by anyone else with as much dedication and strength of character.

3. The Lord of The Rings trilogy (2001-2003)

Another iconic role for Cate as Galadriel, the Lady of the woods of Lothlórien.

The Lord Of The Rings trilogy is undeniably one of the greatest trilogies of all time. Almost flawless, it is brilliant from start to finish. The characters themselves are all fantastic, with each actor owning their part to the fullest. This will ultimately be the pinnacle role in most of their careers, something I’m sure they are all beholden to, and it is these actors who make this film such an phenomenal and epic adventure to follow.

4. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

This was a film that many of us were ‘curious’ about at the time of its release, and it’s still a film that many people can’t come to terms with even now. Whilst it may all be about the character of Brad Pitt being born as an old man and growing up into a baby, what I remember most about this film is how beautiful and elegant Blanchett looked throughout. It certainly has an intriguing and unique storyline, loosely based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story of the same name, and it may not be up to director David Fincher’s other efforts, but Pitt and Blanchett are both excellent, and the story is incredibly compelling by the end.

5. Carol (2015)

Review to come.

My ranking continued:
  • 6. The Life Aquatic – This was the first Wes Anderson film that I ever watched, and straight away I was drawn in by the quirky charm of his story-telling and the quality of the cinematography. Blanchett fit right into this film, with Anderson always showcasing the best actors around in his star-studded cast lists.
  • 7. The Talented Mr. Ripley – Blanchett’s name might not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of this film – not with the brilliant Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jude Law leading this complex psychological drama so well – but this is a fantastic performance from Blanchett that is too often forgotten about.
  • 8. Hanna – With an odd mix of genres, as Hanna experiences real life at the same time as being on the run, it’s surprising that this worked at all, with Wright directing a thriller altogether making me curious from the very start. But it really worked. As with all of his films, everything looks fantastic. It manages to be brutal without being too gory, and it manages to have a number of great action scenes without any unnecessarily big explosions or gun violence, each of which is accompanied by a brilliant score. You can read my full review here.
  • 9. Truth
  • 10. The Aviator – A brilliant role for Leonardo DiCaprio and an interesting story based on truth, as you get a real sense of what Howard Hughes’ life was like. Di Caprio plays the character brilliantly making the character engaging and somewhat pitiful, balancing his strong celebrity front with his crazy interior superbly. The film itself is beautifully shot and you can tell Scorsese is behind it, especially as the 166 minute run time flies by even though there isn’t that much story to completely fill it out. The time setting is captured well and the styling was really well captured, too.
  • 11. Blue Jasmine – Now, Blue Jasmine isn’t one of my favourite Woody Allen films, but it is a fantastic character study and Blanchett is absolutely phenomenal in the lead, putting so much emotion into the role to give the film a real personal quality.
  • 12. Charlotte Gray – If you’ve got Cate Blanchett leading a film then it’s always going to make a good drama. It wasn’t particularly moving or breathtaking nor did the story really allow any surprises, but it was quite a sweet romantic drama, though it had a lot more potential.
  • 13. Veronica Guerin – The poster for this makes it look like an intense thriller starring a determined Cate Blanchett; Veronica Guerin is, instead, a mild dramatic thriller based on truth, starring a suitable Cate Blanchett who plays her character well. It’s a deep and heartfelt story to tell and it is quite impacting in parts but, unfortunately, it all very much lacks any real tension.
  • 14. Ocean’s Eight – I love how nothing was questioned; these women do exactly the same as what the men did but their capabilities and abilities aren’t doubted. They have the same bravado and impulses yet it is also a very feminine film without being girlish. It’s just handled really well, and the amazing cast help to really pull off not just an exciting heist, but a film that could have really embarrassed the female population if it were messed up. You can read my full review here.
  • 15. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – This might be quite a controversial thing to say but I think this might be my favourite Indiana Jones film so far… But I don’t class myself as an Indie fan so don’t take my opinions too seriously! I’ve enjoyed the franchise a lot more than I thought I would and they are all films I would like to watch again, but if I had a choice it would be this one that I’d want to see. I liked the style of this film and I thought there was a lot more going on to keep you entertained. Cate Blanchett is great, too, and I even enjoyed Shia Labeouf.
  • 16. Cinderella (2015) – Kenneth Branagh is a fantastic director, especially with stories like this one. And with a cast including Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter, Cinderella looked set to be a magical fairytale but also a powerful drama. But to be honest, though, it was just very average. For me, the story lacked any depth. It’s a story that’s been told thousands of times, and this latest adaptation adds nothing new.
  • 17. Robin Hood (2010) – It’s hard to beat the Disney film, really. But seriously, I like stories of Robin Hood being from Nottingham and all, but this didn’t do a lot for me.
  • 18. The Shipping News
  • 19. The Monuments Men – Not as funny as I thought it was going to be but a fantastic cast and it certainly has its moments. It has the potential to be A LOT better though. Pretty disappointing overall.

Note: I still need to see Where’d You Go Bernadette?, The House With A Clock In Its Walls, Song to Song, Manifesto, Knight of Cups, The Turning, I’m Not There, Notes on a Scandal, The Good German, Babel, Little Fish, The Missing, Coffee and Cigarettes, Heaven, Bandits, The Gift, The Man Who Cried, Pushing Tin, An Ideal Husband, Oscar and Lucinda, Thank God He Met Lizzie, Paradise Road, Parklands, and Police Rescue.

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About Charlie Morris

Proofreader and film blogger living in Cornwall.

2 Responses

  1. Nice choices, (although I wasn’t keen on Benjamin Button, I think I would have included Notes On A Scandal or Charlotte Gray in its place) The Life Aquatic is an amazing film and I loved her in Blue Jasmine.
    I think she’s someone that a lot of people forget about when talking about actors with great versatility, a proper old-style Movie Star.

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