Sometimes the quality of otherwise average movies can be improved with well-written characters. These examples are proof.
No matter how compelling and immersive the story is, movies with poorly written (or portrayed) characters often don’t turn out too well. Interestingly, mediocre movies with brilliantly written and played characters can wow audiences on the merit of that one performance alone.
This trend is particularly noticeable in long, multi-entry franchises, but even some independent films are carried out through the performance or writing of a single character. Whether it’s a lack of plot nuance or a stunning performance, something about average movies with great characters just keeps audiences glued to the screens.
10 Joe Brody por Godzilla
Fresh off the hit it was Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston was probably drowning in big-budget movie role offers. One of these movies was Godzilla (2014), which, perhaps not unexpectedly, did not garner much critical acclaim or box office success.
One thing the film’s critics and disappointed audiences certainly appreciated was Cranston’s portrayal as nuclear scientist Joe Brody. The depth and tragedy of Brody’s well-written backstory certainly helped pull off a great performance in an otherwise superficial plot, but Cranston himself added some much-needed class to it. Godzilla And he certainly deserved more screen time than he got on that movie.
9 Harley Quinn – suicide squad
There’s a lot to be said for Margot Robbie’s acting prowess and the unique appeal she brings to whatever role she takes on. Since it was announced that she would take on the role of Harley Quinn in 2016 Suicide squad DC fans were delighted. As it turned out, the Wolf of Wall Street Y Focus star fit the character perfectly.
The quality of the first live action Suicide squad It certainly helped bring the Harley Quinn character to the forefront in the sense that the movie was a rather disappointing watch, and it was clear that the writers put their best effort into fleshing out Joker’s troubled henchman, and Robbie made the most of it. , flawlessly using her comedic talents to bring Harley Quinn to life.
8 Magneto – Dark Phoenix
It can be argued that Michael Fassbender is an actor purposely chosen to elevate poorly written scripts and completely mediocre films. His performances in films such as Assassin’s Creed The Prometheus they are frequently cited as the only reasons these movies are worth watching in the first place.
This is also the case in Dark fenix, where the powerful presence of Fassbender as Magneto possibly led to the film. Although it doesn’t give you as much room to display your range as the other movies in the X Men prequel trilogy, Fassbender’s performance in Dark fenix has made fans fall in love with the iconic villain once again, reigniting the debate over whether or not he should finally have a solo movie.
7 Quicksilver – X-Men: Apocalipsis
Despite its epic ambitions and larger-than-life story, 2016 X-Men: Apocalipsis It turned out to be a pretty average conclusion to the otherwise decent prequel trilogy. It had a few bright spots here and there, and the brightest of all was perhaps Evan Peters’ Quicksilver. Funny and witty, it was the comic relief the film desperately needed.
Although the American horror story star certainly injected a lot of her boyish charm into the character, Quicksilver’s appearance in Apocalypse He will be remembered in large part thanks to the epic sequence in which he saves everyone, from the burning X-Mansion to the sounds of Eurythmics’ iconic “Sweet Dreams”.
6 Wonder Woman – Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
Most of Zack Snyder’s DC movies are characterized by a certain “guts” that really didn’t sit well with many comic book fans (except for the excellent Zack Snyder’s Justice League). That was certainly the case with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which many fans found lengthy and, frankly, boring.
Despite the film’s unnecessarily serious tone, it’s still worth watching, mostly thanks to Gal Gadot’s introduction of Wonder Woman to DC’s extended universe. Although Dawn of Justice It was also Ben Affleck’s first appearance as Bruce Wayne, it’s Diana Prince who steals the show.
5 Eddie Brock – Veneno
The casting of Topher Grace as Eddie Brock in Sam Raimi Spider man 3 left many fans of the iconic villain with a terrible aftertaste. So much so that Sony didn’t attempt to reintroduce the character to the big screen until 2018. Poison, with Tom Hardy taking on the role of Brock.
It turned out to be a perfect choice. As evidenced in Spider man 3, It’s not too difficult to oversimplify Eddie Brock’s character to the point of making him look almost like a cartoon. Hardy didn’t make the same mistake and put his own spin on the antihero, and fans proved so fond of his performance that they warranted a sequel in 2021. Let there be slaughter.
4 Lando Calrissian – Solo: A Star Wars Story
It seems that everything Donald Glover touches turns to gold. With great success in hip-hop as Childish Gambino, he also proved himself a talented actor and screenwriter with his own special effects comedy-drama. Atlanta. While he didn’t exactly manage to save the painfully predictable Solo: A Star Wars Story, his portrayal of young Lando Calrissian oozes confidence and sheer amusement.
Glover’s knack for comedy and witty dialogue aside, his flawless capture of Calrissian’s essence was also aided by the actor’s extensive consultations with Billy Dee Williams, who played Lando in the original. Star Wars films.
3 Sandman – Spider-Man 3
After the masterpiece that was Spider man 2 everyone knew it would be extremely difficult for the next Spiderman movie to live up to the expectations generated by diehard fans of the franchise. Unsurprisingly, the conclusion to the Sam Raimi trilogy ended up being a decent, but disappointing movie.
Much of this was due to a lack of focus caused by the overabundance of villains, with Harry Osborne, Eddie Brock, and Sandman making an appearance on Spider man 3. However, the latter, played by Thomas Haden Church, proved to be a worthy villain, partly thanks to a credible portrayal, and partly due to the character’s intricate past with ties to the Spider-Man origin story.
2 Furry – scooby-doo
2002 Scooby Doo The film was doomed from the start. As many cartoon fans claimed even before the film’s release, it was simply impossible to capture what made the series so unique in the live-action format. They were not shown to be wrong. With a flat story, terrible CGI, and a disappointing cast, it was surprising that a movie sequel got the green light.
The decision to create a follow-up film could have been prompted by Matthew Lillard’s hilarious and strangely believable portrayal of Shaggy Rogers. The performance was so memorable that it justified a cult meme trend more than a decade after the film’s release.
1 Darth Maul – Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Plus Star Wars fans will agree that The Phantom Menace it is largely a movie to forget. From Jar-Jar Binks, to the questionable introduction of midichlorians as an explanation of the Force, to the awkward pacing of the entire film, the film was a near total failure. However, there were a few characters that saved him from being completely embarrassing.
Liam Neeson’s Qui-Gon Jinn is a good example, but it was the Sith Lord Darth Maul who stole the show with his ominous presence and the emotional impact his actions have had on some of the main characters. He piqued the interest of the fandom, which led to his character expanding into Clone Wars. Also, a video game focused on Maul almost saw the light of day. Finally, a character who barely says anything throughout a movie full of poorly written dialogue is a quality in itself.