Article by James
I was never a huge fan of Winona Ryder, but you have to give her her dues. With an incredibly promising start at the tender age of fifteen in a film called Lucas, by seventeen she was well cast in the Tim Burton classic, 1988’s Beetlejuice. That same year she starred in the cult hit Heathers, and then went on to often lead in some of the most acclaimed, high profile and successful films of their time. Not to mention the incredibly talented co-stars she’s worked with. So what happened that made her turn into a big pot of crazy???
Look at this list people:
1990 – another Tim Burton classic, Edward Scissorhands, and Mermaids.
1992 – (while I think she was miscast) Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula, led by the always exceptional Gary Oldman.
1993 – The Age of Innocence with the equally outstanding Daniel Day-Lewis and Michelle Pfeiffer.
1994 – Gen X classic Reality Bites and the underrated remake of Little Women with the very watchable Susan Sarandon.
1996 – flawed but ok – The Crucible with Daniel Day-Lewis again.
1997 – the steroid-fuelled reignition of Sigourney Weaver franchise – Alien: Resurrection.
1998 – a decent role in Woody Allen’s Celebrity.
And then of course…
1999 – the lead in Girl, Interrupted (my sister’s favourite film). One half of Brangelina won an Oscar for their supporting role along side her!
It is my belief that this is where it all turned ugly. In 2000, she starred in the lead role of a big budget romantic drama mess with Richard Gere. Erghhhhhh. I say it was the money. Not many saw the laborious Autumn in New York (I did), but then the following year we had the much talked about shop lifting incident which led to a four year hiatus from acting. Personally, I did think she had simply used up all opportunity (evidenced by ending up with Gere), when she wasn’t very capable anyway. Then came years of rarely seen crapola roles until 2010, when up pops crazy, in a small but pivotal role within the sublime Black Swan. She was unhinged, and well placed!
While failing to re-launch in the much-hyped (but serious stinker) Director Ron Howard’s comedic return, The Dilemma with Vince Vaughn, it seems the future may not be looking so great when Black Swan promised so much. Later in 2012 we will see Ryder in a film call The Stare with James Franco. Plot goes like so: “A playwright who begins to mentally unravel cannot decide if she is at the center of a manipulative plot or simply losing her grip on reality.” Being type cast as a crazy person will only carry you so far baby. Let’s hope you haven’t found a niche. Or maybe you have. Maybe I was right all along and you can’t act, and this is you picking up loony roles by simply delving into that inner well…