Top 10 Ryan Reynolds Movies6.08.11 # Top Ten # 14 Comments
The ten best Ryan Reynolds movies. With The Change-Up just out in the US, the daunting Movie Moron spotlight falls on one of its stars. No, not Jason Bateman – you’re going to have to hang on for that in-depth revisit of Teen Wolf Too – but rather Ryan Reynolds, everyone’s favourite wise-cracking Canadian! Well, everyone aside from those who prefer Dan Aykroyd…
Okay, before delving into this week’s top 10, it is worth noting a few high-profile flicks which are perhaps conspicuous by their absence, starting with the recent and most high-profile, Green Lantern. Hardly a controversial omission, mind, given that cosmic comic book flick proved to be the worst superhero movies of this particular summer, as well as a costly albatross for backers Warner Bros.
And although there are plenty of eager beavers out there still hoping for a Deadpool movie proper, with Reynolds starring in the script penned by the Zombieland pair of Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, it is worth noting that the wiseacre star doesn’t have the happiest of records when it comes to superhero cinema.
For he has, of course, already played a version of Deadpool, in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. But although his appropriately chatterbox interpretation of that character’s alter-ego, Wade Wilson, wasn’t too traumatic for audiences, the final realisation of Deadpool himself was deemed a disaster by the fan community – to rank down there with Nicolas Cage in The Wicker Man remake, a movie nearly all agreed was simply bee-yond awful (sorry).
No place for Blade: Trinity in the countdown either, the last and most certainly least of screen outings for Wesley Snipes’ vampire-killer, and nor is there a spot for Paper Man, in which Reynolds plays an imaginary superhero called Captain Excellent. Reviews suggest the latter movie is not so hot, though I can’t give a first-hand verdict as I wasn’t amongst the four people who saw it.
That’s what didn’t make the list. Here’s what did…
10. Waiting (2005)
Reynolds screen career to date has been characterised by a vacillation between mainstream roles and independent fare. An example of the latter, 2005’s Waiting is a low-budget ensemble comedy in which Reynolds takes a supporting role to Justin Long’s crisis-afflicted slacker, playing the diner lothario forced to work alongside his argumentative ex, played by Reynolds’ Just Friends co-star Anna Faris.
9. Just Friends (2005)
Speaking of which: It was Faris who nabbed most of the comedy plaudits for this rom-com, as she took the role of a demented Britney-alike who provides just one of the obstacles as Reynolds’ teen tubster-turned-superfly record exec tries to exorcise his high school woes by finally getting together with sweetheart, Amy Smart.
8. Finder’s Fee (2001)
An early role for Reynolds, in the sole feature to be written and directed by Jeff Probst, host of millennial reality TV hit Survivor (no, really!). The dramatic action hinges on a poker game for a winning lottery ticket, with Reynolds playing a buddy of main character Adam (Erik Palladino), and the legendary James Earl Jones (just announced for an honorary Oscar) also featuring.
7. The Nines (2007)
If it is not a surprise that Probst has only helmed one film, then it is more of a shock that The Nines is the only feature directing credit for Tim Burton’s regular screenwriter, John August. A complex, ambiguous brew of a mystery, Reynolds tackles not one but three roles in August’s movie – actor, video games designer and writer – as questions of identity and the nature of reality hang in the air, heavy as inner-city traffic smog.
6. Smokin’ Aces (2006)
After the success of his low-key indie hit, Narc, director Joe Carnahan followed it with the absolute opposite – a kinetic, star-laden fiesta of violence, unlikely characters, and even more unlikely events. Playing the closest thing Carnahan’s film has to a central protagonist, Reynolds helped anchor the more outrageous improbabilities, as well serving notice that he could succeed as an action lead.
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