A series of film reviews and opinion pieces from a film student and all round movie lover! Happy reading!
He’s one of the best actors of all time, with some of the world’s most recognisable and illustrious films under his belt. Brad Pitt’s legacy amongst the Hollywood elite is unmatched for the most part, and his career continues to flourish. Appearing in some of the greatest films to hit the big screen, narrowing them down to 5 was a difficult task, however, here they are. The Top 5 Brad Pitt films (in my opinion).
1 – Se7en (1995)
One of the greatest films I’ve ever seen. A gritty, gothic and ultra-dark buddy cop mystery drama following two detectives (Pitt & Morgan Freeman) on the hunt for serial killer John Doe (Kevin Spacey). With his strategic, malicious and convoluted murders being linked to each of the seven deadly sins, the way “Se7en” plays out is simply immense and shockingly marvellous; a true masterpiece. Pitt adds so much life to the character of Mills, and his on screen chemistry with Freeman’s Somerset is enough reason to immerse oneself in David Fincher’s brutally enthralling mystery.
2 – Fight Club (1999)
Fincher once again exhibits Brad Pitt’s extraordinary acting talent in “Fight Club”, a deep and highly clever mind-bending tale that tests the audience’s concentration and sanity. Arguably the epitome of the phrase “blink and you’ll miss it”, “Fight Club” is defintely one that requires several viewings to extract it’s full potential. Brad Pitt again steals the show from Edward Norton who is also incredible, but together the pair make “Fight Club” such an engaging, supreme and unique cult classic.
3 – Burn After Reading (2008)
From here on in, it could be said that the following 3 films showcase Pitt’s most ‘out-there’ or ‘different’ performances. This list is showing the best films that Pitt has starred in, not necessarily his best acting performances, but his quirkier, braver roles indubitably add so much to the films as a whole. “Burn After Reading”, a chaotic Coen Brothers classic shows Pitt at his funniest. This is defintely Brad Pitt as you’ve never seen him. This black comedy is based around confusion and chaos (and there are extremes of that in vast proportions). Pitt plays a geeky, flamboyant and dill-witted gym instructor that finds himself in del water after he believes he finds some, quote, “C.I.A shit” on a disc. A blatant case of biting off more than you can chew, “Burn After Reading” would definitely be my favourite Coen Brothers film, with Pitt’s performance being absolutely stunning!
4 – Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Here we have Quentin Tarrantino’s brilliant historical vision with his typical spin. Lt. Aldo Raine (Pitt) sets out during WWII with his fellow American Jewish band of bloodthirsty soldiers to locate and terminate as many Nazi soldiers as they can, with the supreme target being Adolf Hitler himself. Brad Pitt’s leading role is both badass and hilarious. “Inglourious Basterds” is one that splits audiences, and with good reason. Personally, I think it is a wonderful guilty pleasure that is shocking and enthralling. In my opinion, it’s arguably one of QT’s best, Pitt’s too.
5 – Snatch. (2000)
A small role from Pitt, but a memorable one nonetheless. Guy Ritchie’s “Snatch.” displays a wonderful cast, a gritty storyline and shows Brad Pitt at his finest. Pitt’’s Mickey O’Neil is by far the highlight of the film for me. His borderline gibberish dialogue with his bland attitude, always addressing confused and bewildered onlookers, makes him the stand-out from “Snatch.” and undoubtedly means it deserves a spot on this list, not just for the film, but for Pitt alone.