Angelina Jolie’s ten best roles

Angelina Jolie's ten best roles
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The Maleficent star returns in Those Who Want Me Dead, by Taylor Sheridan. The perfect opportunity to dive back into his career.

On the occasion of the broadcast of Those who want my death tonight on Canal +, a look back at the actress’ careerAngelina Jolie. In front of the camera Taylor sheridan, the star is indeed finding a new strong role, which she told us about in detail last June, when she was on the cover of Première no.519.

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Angelina Jolie’s ten best roles


Sway in 60 seconds flat (Dominic Sena, 2000)

Angie as a former car robber, turned mechanic / barmaid, with blonde dreads? It’s not even one of the weirdest things from the movie, a remake of a forgotten 1974 B-series and revamped in 2000 by Jerry Bruckheimer. Result, a act delirious and exciting motorized (next to it, the Fast & Furious of 2001 is even rather soft), which is above all the opportunity to bring together a whole cast brilliant (Nicolas Cage, Giovanni Ribisi, Robert Duvall, Vinnie Jones, there’s even Christopher Eccleston and Delroy Lindo). Pure popcorn pleasure, then. And Angelina Jolie in all of this? She’s great, both as a mechanic and as a barmaid. And as a robber, of course.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

Lara Croft, in tomb Raider by Simon West (2001)

Okay, for her incarnation of the most famous heroine in the history of video games, she was nominated for the Razzie Awards … Still, the role of the archaeologist in mini-shorts sticks, today ‘ again, to the skin of Angelina Jolie. Playing as Lara Croft (and replicating her father legend, Jon Voight) has enabled the 25-year-old actress to change dimension and turn into real action star, lethal and seductive femme fatale. And yet fans of the game, then at the height of her glory with 4 titles and 20 million copies sold at the time of filming, hardly tasted this choice, believing that she was not busty enough to put herself in. Lara’s tight tank tops. Moreover, many preferred Denise Richards, the main competitor for the place during the casting. And yet, 20 years later, when you think of tomb Raider, it is his face that immediately comes to mind. Even Alicia Vikander (in the 2018 remake) failed to erase this image from pop culture.


Olympias in Alexander (Oliver Stone, 2004)

There are beautiful things in Oliver Stone’s biopic peplum, so unloved when it was released that it has become very chic to worship it today (it seems that Colin Farrell loves it when you tell him about it. good): and Angelina is one of those beautiful things. Not just physical, no. She is Olympias, the mother of the Conqueror, a tormented Lady Macbeth über, impressive with Machiavellian seduction. She only has a few scenes compared to the length of the film, but each of those scenes is unforgettable. Yes, yes, see him again.

Mr and Mrs Smith by Doug Liman (2005) with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

Jane Smith in Mr. and Mrs. Smith, by Doug Liman (2005)

Impossible to talk about Mr. and Mrs. Smith without evoking his backstage, the love at first sight – incredibly publicized – between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt taking place on this shoot. However, as hired killer husbands who hide their true profession from each other before blowing everything up, the duo is perfect. Sexier and more self-confident than ever, Angie takes pleasure in playing with her charms and her image of action heroine. Brad isn’t bad either.


Clover Wilson in State reasons, by Robert De Niro (2006)

Right after I farted it all in the action comedy Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Angelina Jolie changes register and proves that she can take a more dramatic role. De Niro hires him to play Matt Damon’s abandoned wife in his second feature film, State reasons (13 years later Once upon a time in the Bronx), written by the brilliant Oscar-winning screenwriter of Forrest Gump, Eric Roth. A great spy thriller over the Cold War, on the early days of the CIA, which did not get the recognition it deserved. In The Good Shepherd (from her original title), the bombshell Jolie turns into a scorned woman, an ideal wife sinking into alcoholism, humiliated by the man she loves. A significant supporting role in his career, which allows the glamorous superstar to play with his image, without being the center of attention.

Angelina Jolie in The Legend of Beowulf (2007)
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Grendel’s mother in The Legend of Beowulf (Robert Zemeckis, 2007)

One of Zemeckis’ most fascinating films has certainly taken a little spade because of its technical challenge: to have all of its actors play in performance capture, long before Avatar and the César of Andy Serkis. The result is still goofy, by its madly post-modern darkness, nourished by the vision of the script of Roger Avary and Neil Gaiman, reinventing the figures of the epic poem. And reinventing his antagonists: Grendel the deformed being and his mother, becoming characters of flesh and blood. And the film immortalizes and idealizes Angelina Jolie’s body, transforming it into a true goddess. Eternal, indeed.

The exchange

Christine Collins in The exchange, by Clint Eastwood (2008)

Yes The exchange is probably not the most memorable melody by Clint Eastwood, Angelina Jolie immerses herself body and soul in the skin of this mother in search of her missing son, who finds herself alone against everyone the day he is found but that she swears not to recognize him. A sensitive role, which also allows the star to observe the way of working of the great Clint before moving on to directing shortly after with In the land of blood and honey (2012). Behind the camera, she has only filmed dramas.


Maleficent in Maleficent by Robert Stromberg (2014)

There was only one to make it nice the horrible witch of The Sleeping Beauty ! Angelina Jolie goes to Disney for this new version in live action which partly takes over the cult 1959 film. A solar prequel, which seeks to explain the switch of a nice little fairy towards the dark side. A magical role that allows the star to transform into a fairytale villain. A separate score in the filmography of the actress, but its biggest success to date, since Maleficent grossed $ 760 million at the global box office. And was entitled, suddenly, to a sequel, Maleficent: The Power of Evil, released in 2019.

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Thena in The Eternals (2021)

If the editors have some reservations about the latest Marvel, The Eternals, Angelina Jolie is once again breathtaking in front of Chloé Zhao’s camera. Here is an excerpt from our review : Even if, visually, we are in a clean design, very 2010 -the Deviants make think of the animals ofAvatar– light years away from the visual delusions of the creator of Eternals Jack Kirby (whose style would be impossible to transpose to the cinema, so much he embraces the medium of the paper page of the comics), the film works. The heart is there. The Eternals exist, sometimes clumsily, sometimes imperfectly, but this awkwardness and this imperfection do not derail the film, on the contrary: we end up believing in these overpowered and fragile beings who turn their backs on humanity. In particular during a very beautiful scene, that of the Noche Sad, during the plunder of Tenochtitlan by the conquistadors in 1520, when Eternal Thena (Angelina Jolie) goes mad with warlike anger under the weight of her memory and the overflow of memories accumulated over thousands of years.

Those who want my death Angelina Jolie
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Hannah Faber in Those who want my death (2021)

Angelina Jolie in majesty is here in a thriller on fire and ecofeminist totally improbable but hyper spectacular. (…) It will be necessary to accept the big strings to access the two major assets of the film: the incredible pieces of cinema skilfully executed (crossing a clearing struck by lightning …). And especially Angelina Jolie. With this role, the star, so rare on the screen, confirms her particular status as a haunted creature and above all as a contemporary feminist icon. Modern witch, her escape from fire and flame-retardant rebirth as a mother figure and badass reference is a reminder that those who truly want her dead can always run – far behind her. (read the full review here)

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