Moviegeek5: Hugh Jackman
Australia has exported many great stars to Hollywood but one of the most popular ones is Hugh Jackman. The multi-talented Aussie is not only a musical star, multi-instrumentalist, versatile actor, producer, and dancer, like any real Aussie he also windsurfs.
Jackman began his career in Australien television but had his big breakthrough with plays Wolverine in the X-Men movies. Since then Jackman has gone from one major part to the next and has become a familiar face on the big screen. With great personal charm and charisma Jackman’s likability has earned him respect both on and off screen and even though he has definitively put the Wolverine claws down there is no indication that his career can go anyway but up from here.
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X-Men 2 (2003)
The one role that will forever be most closely associated with Jackman is that of Marvel’s X-Men character Wolverine. From Bryan Singer’s X-Men (2000) to James Mangold’s Logan (2017) Jackman has played the character a total of nine times (including cameos). The first film brought him instant fame but in this second film we get a look at the character’s background story and gives Jackman a chance to show more nuances to this intriguing superhero.
Real Steel (2011)
Shawn Levy’s 2011 action movie mixed robot and boxing in this Rock’Em Sock’Em Robot movie. The charismatic Jackman is a dream cast as the distant father forced to bond with his estranged son while trying to turn his luck around. His character is stubbornly holding on to his past glories while looking for the easy way out of all his problems and Jackman makes him seem very real. An actor of Jackman’s caliber would be wasted on a movie with the focus on the robots, but here the main story is the father/son angle and there Jackman comes to good use. The chemistry between Jackman and his young co-star Dakota Goyo is a joy to watch and the feel good moments will have you cheering in this family friendly Rocky with robots movie.
Les Misérables (2012)
Tobe Hooper’s spectacular movie adaptation of this French musical classic gave Jackman a chance to show of his great singing voice. Having performed several times on Broadway, it could only be a matter of time before Jackman would star in a musical, but sadly it is a genre that is not nearly as popular as it used to be. Jackman plays Jean Valjean a convict who is offered a chance to start his life over again, but finds himself and his adopted daughter by the doggedly determined police inspector Javert (Russell Crowe). One of Jackman’s most powerful performance.
In Denis Villeneuve’s intense crime drama, Jackman delivers a strong performance as the father of a lost child. Never one to shy away from the more difficult parts, Jackman is a strong asset for the movie as he is willing to give his all and let himself go to dark places with his character. The entire cast delivers exceptional performances in this nerve-wracking drama, but Jackman’s part is one of the more difficult one, as he balances between frustratingly grieving father and a raging man overstepping lines which will forever change him. Jackman manage the part with not one single false note in a performance that range among one of his very best.
Eddie the Eagle (2016)
None of Jackman’s rom-coms from the early part of his career have made the list, but this delightful sport comedy managed to work its way into over hearts and on to the list. Based on the true story of British skiing amateur Eddie the Eagle (Taron Egerton) and his struggle to compete in the Winter Olympics, Jackman plays the drunken former skier who reluctantly agrees to coach Eddie. Egerton provides most of the comedy, but Jackman is the perfect antidote to the almost cartoonish Eddie and the two make a great pair that together lifts the film to more than simply entertaining. A very satisfying feelgood film.