Can Jude Law be counted among the greatest Hollywood actors of the moment?
When you’re Jude Law it’s hard not to get a little typecast. Having spent most of his career with a mop of blond hair that would have made the Greek god Apollo envious, Law’s acting ability had sometimes been overlooked because of, well, his looks. Although, as he’s matured and become slightly less 1D and slightly more Hugh Grant, he has branched out with less ‘Law’ roles and more challenging parts.
Jude Law has taken on some questionable roles, which haven't always worked out.
When his career hit its zenith in the late 90s he was bagging roles that relied on him being a bankable heartthrob, such as the prodigal son Dickie Greenleaf in The Talented Mr. Ripley and as the romantic lead, Inman, in Cold Mountain. Both performances were impressive, the former won him a BAFTA while the latter earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor.
Throughout his now quite long career, Jude Law has produced a collection of critically acclaimed movies; however, several of his films have been sore disappointments.
If there’s one rule about movie making it should be ‘Don’t fix what isn’t broken’. Michael Caine IS Alfie, there's no argument about that. Remaking Alfie with Jude Law was like remaking Gone With The Wind with Danny Dyer as Rhett Butler. It was painful watching the entire movie practically slaughter the 1966 original. It’s not that Law wasn’t good, it’s that, well, the whole thing was just bad.
Other movies that Jude Law has starred in have also bombed at the box office and failed to win over the critics. The 2011 ensemble film 360 has a meagre 21% rating on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, while 2009’s Rage, also starring Steve Buscemi and Judi Dench, is rated just 20%.
Law’s latest film Dom Hemingway has received mixed reviews, as has Law’s performance. Chris Cabin described the performance as having Law’s ‘reliable pizzazz’, while Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian criticised his ‘frantic and shouty performance’. The movie appears to be Law taking a risk at moving away from his regular well-spoken Englishman role, but sadly the critics don’t think it’s as easy as gaining 30 pounds and putting on an exaggerated accent.
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