Scarlett Johansson’s new movie, ‘Ghost in the Shell’, comes out this Friday. I’ve been a big fan hers for a very long time. I think she is very talented and picks great projects. So, I thought, I’ll honor Scarlett Johansson’s career (and her new movie) by talking about the top 10 films she has starred in. Enjoy.
№10: ‘The Jungle Book’
I really liked ‘The Jungle Book’. It gives us a new look of a long told tale and freshens up the story by making it a bit more dark and gritty. The thing I loved most about this production is that it looks so beautiful. The CGI is most certainly the best I’ve even seen in my life and I would recommend this movie solely based on its digital effects. Also, the casting in ‘The Jungle Book’ is absolutely spot-on.
№9: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’
Just a heads up: you will not see Avengers part one on this list. I’m one of those rare individuals that actually likes the second movie more than the first one. I thought ‘The Avengers’ dragged and I even found it boring at times. On the other hand, ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ is fresh, it’s darker, and it creates a lot of new story arcs. The main reason why I really liked this film is actually because of the philosophical ideas it presents and also because of the way it presents them.
№8: ‘Vicky Christina Barcelona’
I find the concept of ‘Vicky Christina Barcelona’ fascinating because we don’t see many good tragicomedies nowadays. I think it’s a beautifully directed movie, one of Woody Allen’s best, and it’s such a perfect love letter to Spain. The idea of the production is interesting and the casting is perfect. Overall, ‘Vicky Christina Barcelona’ is just a very well-executed project.
This is a very, very overlooked film. If you haven’t seen ‘Chef’, I highly recommend that you do so. It’s a beautiful movie based on a very original concept. The production touches on certain basic issues everyone faces in their life, but it does so with such fineness and such perfection that it just makes the movie very enjoyable and thought-provoking.
№6: ‘Ghost World’
It’s very hard to do a great adaptation of a graphic novel. Just look at ‘Diaries of a Wimpy Kid’ and you’ll understand what I’m talking about. Okay, there may have been some good movies based on a graphic novel, like ‘Watchmen’, but most of them don’t stand a chance against ‘Ghost World’. This is such a witty, original, and well-directed production. It makes you feel and it makes you think. I still remember the feeling this movie gave me when I first watched it.
(Just saying, my favorite movie based on a graphic novel is ‘V for Vendetta’)
№5: ‘The Prestige’
I constantly talk about the need for more movies that are entertaining, but also good productions. ‘The Prestige’ is that kind of movie. Even with it’s dark and dramatic tone, the film isn’t heavy, so to say. It’s easy to watch, at least to me, and I like the fact that it actually kinda relaxes me and makes me forget the real world. Also, it gives me a lot of food for thought. And I just love dramas with a fantasy element, especially when it’s justified (as it is in ‘The Prestige’).
№4: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’
With the exception of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, I think this is the best MCU movie. It just has it all. The whole thing with Hydra works perfectly and develops the universe so much. The action is great, the villain is exciting, and Steve’s arc is interesting to watch. Also, I fell in love with Black Widow because of this movie. She’s portrayed great in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and it’s so clear how passionate Scarlett Johansson is about this character.
№3: ‘Lost in Translation’
‘Lost in Translation’ is a paradoxical movie. It presents very deep philosophical ideas, but does so in a light-hearted manner. Even though the movie is technically a comedy, it makes me feel sad, if I have to be honest, but I think the director was striving for exactly that. ‘Lost in Translation’ breaks all frames: it’s a comedy about melancholy and a light-hearted film that makes you feel sad. It’s just a fantastic production on every level.
If you haven’t, watch the movie to understand why I’ve attached the picture above. 😉
‘Her’ is one of my favorite films of all time. I generally hate romantic movies, but when people ask me to recommend such a movie to them, I always go with ‘Her’. It’s a beautiful film based on such an original concept. The direction is flawless and the acting is great (Scalett Johansson is the perfect actress to voice Samantha). ‘Her’ carries a soothing vibe and presents thought-provoking ideas.
№1: ‘Don Jon’
One of the most underrated films of all time. I debated with myself on whether I should put ‘Don Jon’ or ‘Her’ at number one. They are both perfect productions, I literally can’t find anything wrong with either of them. I went with ‘Don Jon’ only because it has a higher rewatchability factor to me. ‘Don Jon’ is a masterpiece. The movie entertaining, but it poses some genius ideas. It’s general plot is engaging and enticing (and take in mind, this is an adaptation… kind of) and the film is directed, shot, and edited brilliantly. Also, the tone of ‘Don Jon’ is set perfectly and the narrative is built flawlessly. There are layers and layers to this movie and I find something new to like about it every time I re-watch it.
‘Don Jon’ is one of the main reasons why I respect Joseph-Gordon Levitt so much. He’s doing amazing stuff in Hollywood right now and one of them was this movie. Joseph-Gordon Levitt wrote the ‘Don Jon’. He directed and starred in the movie and managed to do both those things perfectly. He also took part in both the editing process and the marketing process. Basically, Joseph-Gordon Levitt alone takes most of the credit for this perfect production. ‘Don Jon’ is, indeed, a masterpiece.
What did you think of this list? Did I miss anything? Did I overpraise anything? Share your thoughts in the comments section below! Don’t forget to like and share this article if you enjoyed it!
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