Serious question: Have you ever come across an Anne Hathaway movie that you didn’t like? A brief look at her list of acting credentials shows an impressive mix of romantic comedies, relationship dramas, director Christopher Nolan’s postmodern cinematic styles and a host of awards, not to mention she’s the undisputed queen of the movie. screen glow. With Hathaway back on our screens in the Apple TV+ series We crashed, which focuses on the love story at the center of the rise and fall of the WeWork empire, we reflect on Hathaway’s best work.
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Aspiring journalist Andy Sachs (Hathaway) takes a job as an editorial assistant at a high fashion magazine under the icy guidance of editor-in-chief Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep). Although he landed a job that “a million girls would kill for”, Andy isn’t one of them and instead sees the role as just a stepping stone. After creative director Nigel’s searing lecture about his seemingly ungrateful attitude, Andy literally straightens up by his Chanel boots and gets to work, testing his personal relationships in the process. You probably don’t need us to tell you that this movie can be watched over and over again.
The Princess Diaries (2001)
When you were five, did you ever say you wanted to be a princess growing up? It’s a childhood fantasy that unfolds for unpopular 15-year-old Mia Thermopolis when she finds out her father is Crown Prince Philippe Renaldi of Genoa. High school is tough enough to navigate, but now Mia must deal with the realities of being true royalty, including a barrage of tabloid interest in her private life and a handful of fake friends looking for their own 15 minutes of glory. The film, based on the Meg Cabot novels, was Hathaway’s first big-screen role, and she said being able to kiss co-star Julie Andrews every day was “a dream.”
Love and Other Drugs (2010)
Prepare the tissues. In the 1990s, when the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra had just hit the market, Love and other drugs stars Jake Gyllenhaal as the womanizing (actually a bit predatory, on second thought) pharmaceutical salesman Jamie. During a chance encounter, he meets the free spirit Maggie (Hathaway). Both maintain that they are not looking for a serious relationship, but what starts out as a casual affair becomes much more complicated as the feelings develop. The lighthearted romantic comedy shifts gears when Maggie’s medical diagnosis is revealed, and the two characters wonder where their relationship is headed.
Set in a dystopian future where climate change, dust storms, and lack of resources make Earth nearly uninhabitable, Hathaway plays Dr. Amelia Brand, chief scientist of an expedition dedicated to relocating the human race. She stars opposite Matthew McConaughey as Cooper, a retired engineer and former NASA pilot, who travels with Brand on a quest to find a suitable planet to give civilization another shot at survival.
Les Miserables (2012)
Hathaway won more than 10 awards for her performance as Fantine, a factory seamstress turned sex worker in the screen adaptation of Victor Hugo’s epic novel. The accolades are even more impressive when you consider that, in a three-hour movie, Hathaway only gets about half an hour of total screen time. We can respect anyone who can sing like this while making it clear that their character has an emotional breakdown.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Superheroes are all the rage now, but in 2012 the freight train that would become the Marvel Cinematic Universe was only getting bigger. In the latest installment of Christopher Nolan’s noir-ish trio Batman movies, Hathaway plays Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman (though she’s never referred to as such), a “slinky” (Hathaway’s words) thief looking for a fresh start. Bruce Wayne, meanwhile, has gone underground, only to emerge when the people of Gotham face another threat to their existence.
Enchanted Ella (2004)
In this magical world, each child receives a “virtuous gift” at birth from a fairy godmother. Ella, however, is unmistakable obedience, more like a curse. So Ella embarks on a quest to find her fairy godmother and undo the spell, demonstrating her sense of conviction and moral strength. It’s a fun piece about the fairy tale genre, and it lets Hathaway show off her amazing singing chops.
Honorable Mention: The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004)
Although not as beloved as the first installment, the Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement introduced the world to Chris Pine as Lord Nicholas Devereaux, so for that we are eternally grateful. Five years after the first film, Princess Mia graduated from Princeton and arrived in Genovia ready to take on her royal duties. Mia, however, is horrified to learn that if she wants to become queen in this patriarchal monarchy, she must marry within a month. Shenanigans ensue when she is sabotaged by Nicholas, who is expected to inherit the crown if Mia fails.
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