Some actresses and actors deserve all the recognition in the world. When you look at the likes of Daniel Day Lewis, or Meryl Streep, all of their praise is completely justified when you see them in such fantastic form in films like My Left Foot (1989) and Kramer Vs Kramer (1979) respectively. So to call them overrated would be a bit of an insult. Nowadays we are constantly being shown new and upcoming talents, and so be it because so much potential in actors and actresses can be squandered so easily.
However recently I’ve been starting to notice that some of this recognition may be squandered too much on the wrong people. Take for example Jennifer Lawrence. Now I’m not saying she’s a bad actress, but it just baffles me why she gets all of the attention she receives. She’s shared film credits with Robert DeNiro on three films, and I cannot understand why, she has one of the most expressionless faces I have ever seen on any actor or actress, and people complain about Jessica Alba?
Same can be said for Melissa McCarthy, to me she is the equivalent of Kevin James. Just ludicrously unfunny. Now I understand comedy can be quite subjective and maybe I just don’t like her particular brand of humour, but I would be interested in seeing her do something more dramatic like in St. Vincent (2014), because there is nothing better than seeing somebody breaking typecasting that I previously didn’t like.
And I’m not just picking on the women here, the men have a full list of guilty suspects. Jesse Eisenberg sticks out in my mind, often playing an insanely arrogant asshole, but we’ll get back to him. Miles Teller seems to be following this trend a little bit also, which worries me because apparently the best way to get yourself recognised in films nowadays is just to play a smart ass. And not even a charismatic one, one we can sympathize with, just someone annoying.
Now before you start thinking I’m just hating on these people, I’m not, honestly. I just don’t see how some of these people are ahead of everyone else. But when they play a role that as I previously said, breaks typecast, or just garners my interest, then I would be more comfortable with them. When Jennifer Lawrence performed in American Hustle (2013), even I can admit she wasn’t half bad, but she was acting alongside Amy Adams who to me is a far superior actress.
Back to Jesse Eisenberg. I do have hope for him yet after seeing him in Richard Ayoade’s The Double (2013), playing two roles at once can be quite daunting and I respect him for that. But I’m seeing very little praise aimed at more people such as Mia Wasikowska or Carey Mulligan who are just some of the most phenomenal actresses I’ve seen on screen in quite some time. And even Jack O’Connell who had a double whammy with Starred Up (2013) and ’71 (2014), both films solidified him as one of my favourite actors right now.
I am aware while writing this that some people actually believe Jennifer Lawrence offers us a masterclass in acting. I disagree, but I respect their opinion. I know of some people who don’t like Jack Reynor, or Idris Elba, both of whom I think are just fine. At the end of the day it always comes down to taste. But to painstakingly see other people getting more credit than people who are much better, is just downright unsettling.