Oct 13, 2009

The best of Anne Hathaway: Rachel Getting Married

1. Rachel Getting Married
2. The Devil Wears Prada
3. Brokeback Mountain
4. The Princess Diaries
5. Havoc
6. Get Smart
The sight of Anna Hathway in red rodeo gear pulling up her horse and giving a wink to Jake Gyllenhal in Brokeback Mountain is burned onto my retina for life. So yes, I am an Anne Hathaway fan, although I'm the first to admit there's no Pretty Woman in there yet, and I think that is where her gifts lie — I almost put Prada first. There's a diffidence to Hathaway that make you wonder if she wants it enough. I'll be interested to see what she does with the role of Judy Garland in Get Happy; for all her bite in Rachel Getting Married, I didn't really believe that she had been visited by great suffering, but then neither do I hold up that to be the greatest test of an actress. I like the fact that she finds it hard to mask her essential cheeriness. It really is going to be so remarkable to future historians when they look back on this period, as see all these spirited leading ladies — Roberts, Hathaway, Tomei — rewarded only when they ladder their stockings and holler about their pain. Hathaway is a delight and that should be enough.

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