Bel Ami


It seems Robert Pattinson has taken his fame as Edward in the Twilight vamp franchise and truly used his power for good. Courting success with a significant role in 2005’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, it was in 2008 when the first Twilight flick hit teenagers (and the rest of us let’s face it) that he skyrocketed into pop culture history. But many in his position prior haven’t been able to keep the momentum going. Personally, I think he was well cast in the on-going vampire melodrama and I have to say, I have been impressed by what has happened between the four related films so far. And perhaps more-so, what he is part of delivering in 2012 before the last instalment of the blood-sucking soap is launched across the globe in November this year – yes, glimpses have already hit the net…

With a few Indies under his belt, – check out his portrayal of Salvador Dali in 2008’s Little Ashes if you haven’t seen it – Pattinson was surprisingly mature in his role in last year’s Water for Elephants with Reese Witherspoon, which while not setting the box office alight, still brought in some dosh. Before we see Twilight’s finale in November, Breaking Dawn Part Two, Pattinson will lead in the next David Cronenberg film called Cosmopolis set for release in late August. Even I am a little taken-a-back by his casting. And before that, released in late May, we have Bel Ami. Here’s the drill: “A chronicle of a young man’s rise to power in Paris via the manipulation of the city’s most influential and wealthy women”. Co-starring Uma Thurman and Kristin Scott Thomas, he is surrounded by good company. But it is his co-lead Christina Ricci that most interests me.

The talented Ricci launched her film career at the tender age of nine in 1990’s hit Mermaids alongside Cher and crazy-eyed Winona Ryder. With her profile as a child star on the rise, it was 1991’s role as Wednesday in the box office smash The Addams Family and its 1993 sequel that made her something of a household name. The 90’s saw box office and critical acclaim with 1995’s Casper, 1997’s sublime Ang Lee Directed The Ice Storm, 1998’s underrated The Opposite of Sex, and 1999’s truly swoon-worthy, Tim Burton Directed Sleepy Hollow. But when she hit 2000, a series of shite film roles landed her in repeated guest role on successful but crapola TV show Ally McBeal in 2002. While rising again with her emotive portrayal of a young lesbian in 2003’s fantastic Monster (alongside Charlize Theron in the role she won the Oscar for), the future was looking, well, sweet. Alas, no.

While blowing me away with her role as a nymphomaniac who was sexually abused as a child alongside Samuel L. Jackson in 2006’s severely unnoticed Black Snake Moan, Ricci went on to star in random guest roles in TV in the mid to late naughties, while attaching herself to awful films such as the unbelievably disappointing The Matrix brothers flick 2008’s Speed Racer, and the atrocious 2009’s After Life with Liam Neeson and (how is he a film star???) the always-boring Justin Long. Bel Ami is absolutely Ricci’s most promising role to date since Monster. Support her people. You know you love the hair that is Edward Cullen, so double the impact and let this talented actress rise to where she should always have been. Go see Bel Ami.

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