Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Anne Hathaway in Rachel Getting Married (Performance review)
2008 was a pretty strong year for Best Actress in my opinion, and originally my vote went to Winslet. But after seeing Rachel Getting Married for the fourth time about three weeks ago (?) Anne Hathaway is now my choice for Best Actress. She plays Kym, a recovering drug addict who goes home to see her family for her sister's wedding. Kym is a selfish person who immediately causes trouble because she is used to being the center of attention due to her addiction. During the first half of the film, Hathaway is flawless. Certainly the realism of the movie helps, but I felt that she completely embraced herself in the role. We see glimpses of the girl Kym used to be before (spoiler alert!) the accident and we see that she is trying to connect with her family again. In the scene when Kym reveals what the accident was, Hathaway is devastatingly real and honest. She and Rosemarie Dewitt work brilliantly together, especially the big argument scene in the middle of the film. And the looks on her face during the wedding reception! Just heartbreaking and breathtaking! Hathaway succeeds in showing Kym's bad selfish side and showing how she wants to change herself and her life. Overall, a brilliant performance in my opinion and definitely should have won. So, what do you think?