Thursday, December 05, 2013

(7) Days of Zooey - Day 4 (#644.)

Blink and you'll miss Zooey in 2007's The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, but she's in it all the same and it's one of my all-time favorite movies, so there's very little chance I'd overlook the confluence in this week of appreciation for her career to date.  There's nothing I don't love about this movie, although it's clearly one of my favorites that a lot of other people just don't get, especially the parts I love the most.  Chances are if you know anything about it, I love that part.  And it's perhaps the first time Zooey's look coalesces, strangely enough in a period piece that definitely has no room for her current adorkable phase.  Instead it's Zooey at her most dramatic, and all I can think of now is that she's as ready as anyone actress has ever been to have exactly this kind of movie all to herself, sort of like Inglourious Basterds if it had only been about Melanie Laurent's character.  I salivate at the prospect.  I think Zooey has an incredible amount of untapped potential, and this is where you look to see just a small hint of it.  If she someday wins an Oscar, it'll be because she finally makes that movie.  And I really want to see that happen.

8 comments:

DAVID WALSTON said...

Sorry Tony, I have never seen this movie. I reckon I oughta.

Tony Laplume said...

You oughta, you bet!

Pat Dilloway said...

I watched it a couple years ago. I can't remember much about it.

Tony Laplume said...

You mean besides the general awesomeness?

Pat Dilloway said...

Yeah, but then again no.

Jay Noel said...

I've always liked that movie, but I had no idea Zooey was in it!

Remembering Grace said...

I haven't seen the movie, but I remember it, because Casey Affleck was nominated for awards, right? I do want to see it...I had no idea Zooey was in it.

Tony Laplume said...

Pat, one day my friend...

Jay, she's at the end, Robert Ford's bride Dorothy Evans.

Grace, he won a bunch of regional ones and was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars. I would've easily given the whole movie a boatload of Oscars that year.

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