Friday, September 17, 2010

Acting Chops: Harry Potter Versus Twilight

***Note: This is not intended to disrespect either Harry Potter OR Twilight. I read and have seen both, and enjoyed both... Obviously one more than the other, but that does not mean that the other is invalid: just suited to a slightly different audience than myself.***

Two of the largest literature/movie franchises of the past decade have come in the form of Harry Potter and Twilight (the word "literature" being used loosely, in reference toTwilight).

Although both gained great praise as both books and films from their target audiences, Harry Potter has been much more successful to the eyes of critics. It's obvious to understand why the novels are deemed better than Twilight, due to the differences in the degree of writing ability presented by Rowling and Meyer, as well as the complexity of the stories.

That's not what we are looking at here, however. What we are concerned with is why the Harry Potter series is considered superior to Twilight in terms of filmmaking.

Sure, we could get into specifics about directing, visuals, plot pace, etc etc, BUT, what I want to focus on... is the grade of acting in the films.
I know, It's true, that the main characters of both film series are young, and weren't exactly household names until they came into these franchises, so we won't focus on them-- especially since Robert Pattinson crosses borders seeing as he was also in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire before transferring into Twilight.

What we are going to look at is a list of respected actors/actresses that appear in either of the series (meaning they were respected BEFORE these films as well).
Why?
Well, to see a comparison of the "Acting Chops" present within each.
... Ready?

Twilight:
- Michael Sheen (Okay, so he was in New Moon for about 5 minutes, but still, I LOVE this guy)
- Peter Facinelli
- Billy Burke

Harry Potter:
- Alan Rickman (*swoooon-able* for an old man, and don't tell me you disagree...)
- Ralph Fiennes
- Michael Gambon
- Julie Walters
- Brendan Gleeson
- Emma Thompson
- Maggie Smith
- Jim Broadbent
- Kenneth Branagh
- Helena Bonham
- Imelda Staunton
- David Tennant (The BEST "Doctor Who", as far as I'm concerned [even though I don't watch the show, haha])
- David Thewlis
- Jason Isaacs
- John Hurt
- Timothy Spall
- Warwick Davis
- Robbie Coltrane
- Gemma Jones
- Richard Griffiths

In addition, Bill Nighy and Rhys Ifans (among others) will be joining the cast of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which is to be released later this year.

Hm... its seems a little lopsided, doesn't it?
It's true, however, that acting doesn't necessarily make a movie great (I mean, look at Anne Hathaway's beautiful performance in Rachel Getting Married, which I'm sorry to say, wasn't all that enjoyable to me personally), but it does, however, make us stop and think that maybe there is a reason all these respected actors want to sign onto one of the film franchises, but not the other.

Did I miss anyone on either of the lists? Have you guys noticed this concentration of actors in one set of films but not the other? Eh, probably not, but it was fun to think about it anyways... :D