If you thought actress Anna Kendrick was just “that girl from the Twilight films”, think again. Not only is she the second youngest nominee for a Tony Award for her work on Broadway, but has several awards for her performances on stage and was nominated for an Academy Award for Up In The Air in 2010. Here are five films that not only show her incredible range as an actress, but also portray her many talents overall (including turning plastic cups into musical instruments).
5. Happy Christmas (2014)
Despite the issues I have with this film’s story/script, both Kendrick and co-star Melanie Lynskey deliver amazingly consistent performances. Mostly based on improvisation from the cast, this movie’s lacks a typical transitional narrative and holds itself on how the actors react to each other’s actions and lines of dialogue. Both actresses are so impressive you almost feel as if you are just watching real people on their everyday lives (if that includes seeing them consuming lots of alcohol and drugs).
4. Paranorman (2012)
In this gorgeous stop-motion feature Kendrick voices Courtney Babcock, a hilariously obnoxious teen cheerleader who along his brother Norman needs to save their town of a supernatural menace.
3. Drinking Buddies (2013)
Another film that relies heavily on improvisation (it shares the same director of Happy Christmas, Joe Swanberg. But unlike that effort, this one I actually love). This is a character that you could easily despite due poor choices she makes and those who get affected by them, but instead Kendrick finds a way to humanize it and even makes us feel for her in more than one occasion.
2. Pitch Perfect (2012)
This movie was such a big pleasant surprise when it came out. Not only the film is delightful and funny (unlike the “two hour Glee copycat” many people expected it to be), but the entire cast singing talent made a huge difference as well. The soundtrack was the sixth best selling of 2012, also number one of 2013 in the U.S and best selling in digital history). Three songs charted on the Billboard Hot 100, but it was “Cups” by Kendrick who reached the highest spot at number 6. If you haven’t seen her sweet yet incredibly hand-skillful performance you can check it in the video below.
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1. Up In The Air (2009)
Directed by Jason Reitman, this film is just so incredibly solid in all aspects. Kendrick’s performance stands to George Clooney and Vera Farmiga’s, and also made her a nominee for an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Her “Natalie” could have been easily a cartoony stereotype of an overachiever young adult, but instead becomes an incredibly charming and at times funny evolving character in a heart wrenching feature (it was at least for me).