I thought this month I would focus on an actress who is both talented and extremely sexy. Born and raised in New York City, Miss. Hathaway didn't start off as a big movie star. She worked at it by appearing in tons of stage productions early in her career. All of that hard work payed off, because she has become quite a prolific actress, appearing in both mainstream and independent features. In 2009 she was nominated for an Oscar for her work in "Rachel Getting Married". After watching the trailer for "Les Miserables", I believe she should get another nomination. This summer she'll also be appearing in "The Dark Knight Rises" as Batman's feline villain, Catwoman.
The Videovangaurd is proud to present a small tribute to Anne Hathaway. Please keep in mind that I will not be discussing every movie in her career, only a small fraction.
Princess Diaries Series.
These were the movies that introduced the world to this actress. In them, she plays a nerdy girl who finds out she's a princess. These movies are very popular with some people, I just never had any desire to check them out myself.
After appearing in a few more family flicks, Miss. Hathaway decided to appear in something a bit more mature and risque. In "Havoc", she and Bijou Phillips play spoiled rich teens who like to live fast and in the danger zone (cue the theme by Kenny Loggins). I like seeing Miss. Hathaway do roles like this, but I thought her character was a stupid idiot. In one key scene, she and a friend go to a party run by gang members and ask to join their crew. In order to join, they must each role one die and let that number determine how many gangsters they must have sex with. The stupid bitches go along with it and then half-way through decide to change their minds. Luckily nothing too serious happens, but those girls could have been raped or killed. I am very grateful I've never known girls this dumb.
In a smaller role, Anne Hathaway finds out that her husband (Jake Gyllenhaal) is having a life long love affair with another man (Heath Ledger). A lot of homophobes made jokes about this movie without actually seeing it, which is quite sad. This was a really good movie about being in love and having to hide it from the world. Both Gyllenhaal and the late Ledger do amazing work, and it's one movie that more people should check out.
The Devil Wears Prada.
Andy Saacs (Anne Hathaway ) has finally gotten a great job working at one of the most prestigious fashion magazines in the country. There is only one small problem; she works for the boss from hell, Miranda Preistly (Meryl Streep). I always refer to this movie as "Working Girl, Jr", because it has the same basic plot elements: an amateurish, but very smart, woman going against the establishment in order to become more successful. It has a charming appeal to it and both leads have great chemistry with each other. I did not hate this movie and might check it out again if it comes on cable, but would not seek it out.
In this big screen adaptation of the '60's spy show, Anne plays the professional assistant to the bumbling detective (played by Steve Carell). This one had some funny moments, but for the most part was kind of forgettable. I thought she worked really well with the rest of the cast. It was the story that became too predictable for me to even care what was happening.
Rachel Getting Married.
Jonathan Demme ("The Silence Of The Lambs" ) directs this story of a once drug addicted and outcast woman (Anne Hathaway) who comes home to her sister's (Rosemarie Dewitt) wedding. This is the role that garnered her a nomination for best actress at the Oscars in 2009. Although her performance was very good, it wasn't award-worthy. It's the kind of acting that will get someone more work, but not the kind to win that much attention.
Alice in Wonderland.
In this fantasy movie from director Tim Burton, Miss. Hathaway plays the role of the White Queen who helps Alice (Mia Wasikowsa) defeat the evil Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter). The only thing I really hated about this movie is that they made the Mad Hatter a bigger element to the story just because he was played by Johnny Depp. I have nothing against his performance, and I thought he was good, but this was supposed to be a supporting role. His face should not be on all the movie posters. Oh yeah, I was supposed to be talking about Anne Hathaway, wasn't I? She is not in this movie a lot, and the few scenes they use her in are so small they could have gotten anyone else to play that role. Still, it's worth checking out if you want to see what she looks like as a blonde.
Love and Other Drugs.
This is the only movie on this list that I have not seen. I thought it was important to note here, because this is the one that reunites two of the actors from "Brokeback Mountain". In this rom-com, Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway play fuck buddies who begin to fall in love with each other. It looks like a million other rom-coms that have been released, but I could be wrong. I just see two people disliking each other immensely at first, and then through the magic of movies, all of a sudden they can't live without each other. I heard she gets naked quite a bit in this, so it's not a complete loss.
Dark Knight Rises.
Anne Hathaway in a skin tight outfit. What's not to like about that? For the longest time when I thought of Catwoman, I immediately went to Michelle Pfeiffer's performance in "Batman Returns". Although for this latest entry, I'm sure Miss Hathaway will bring something completely different to the character. Remember all the backlash against Heath Ledger when he was cast as The Joker? He ended up turning in one of the best performances of all time. I have faith that the same will happen for her.
I have never seen the original musical this is based on, but this movie looks amazing. From what I have seen in the trailer, Anne Hathaway gives a great performance and has an amazing singing voice. I never would have guessed she did, if I hadn't learned earlier that she used to be in a few stage musicals before she became a screen actress.