If Only She Was In…(Part 2)

By December 30, 2013Featured-news, Opinions

Are you ready for the top 5? If you don’t know what’s going on, catch up with part 1 over here.


5 – Looper


Who doesn’t like Looper? For a film that’s got a pretty unique sci-fi angle, that at it’s core is quite dark, it’s speaks to the films success that it was so widely regarded. Okay, I could have done without the distracting manipulation of Joseph Gordon Levitt’s face, to look more like his older self aka Bruce Willis, but aside from that, this was a thoughtful and exciting slice of entertainment.

Replacing – Emily Blunt

Why? – I’d love to see Natalie in a cool, smart piece of sci-fi. V for Vendetta is the closest she’s gotten, but that didn’t exactly scratch the itch for me. I also really liked both the role and Emily’s performance in it. A tough woman, but with some layers. She kind of owns the final third of this film and I think Natalie could have done a similar job. Would have also made a nice companion to her Cold Mountain role…some similarities there, only shifting from the past to the future.

4 – Take This Waltz


As Natalie starts her directing career, we can only hope that she has similar success as another young actress turned director – Sarah Polley. Polley’s second film was completely different to her first, switching from the sad elderly couple of her first film to the confused young love of Take This Waltz. While the film is very likeable (to me, some have found the characters annoying) it’s the last 15 minutes that really impress. Incredibly bold and thought provoking, you always want a film to end with a bang and Waltz doesn’t disappoint.

Replacing – Michelle Williams

Why? – Because I love replacing Michelle Williams whenever I do these lists. Think this is probably the 4th time I’ve done it. That and it’s a complex female character, who is far from perfect, but Polley lets the character make mistakes without turning her into the typical screen bitch. More than all that, I just have a feeling…a sixth sense…that Natalie will have absolutely KILLED in this role.

3 – Shame


It’s great seeing Steve McQueen getting so much attention for 12 Years A Slave. He’s an amazing filmmaker and his second film brought him to Hollywood and introduced Michael Fassbender’s penis to the world. Shame is a really uncomfortable character study but I’m strangely comfortable with uncomfortable films. What does that say about me? Not too sure. In any case, it’s a powerful film that stuck to my brain like the pages of Fassbenders magazines stuck together in the film.

Replacing – Carey Mulligan

Why? – Another actress that I’ve used in these lists before. Shame is definitely Fassbender’s film, but his relationship with his sister is the window into what’s happened to him. Their scenes together are powerful stuff, vacillating between overly familiar, cold and outright disdain. The film’s one weak point is a scene where Carey sings New York, New York. I’m not sure Natalie would have been any better, in fact I doubt it, but maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe it would have forced McQueen to record a real singer for that scene, something he really should have done.

2 – Silver Linings Playbook


One of those films that could be argued it’s underrated and overrated. I really enjoyed it, although also found it odd that it was among the hottest awards films that season. Nevertheless, it’s somehow dark and uplifting, funny and sad, entertaining and thoughtful.

Replacing – Jennifer Lawrence

Why? – Sorry J-Law, no Oscar for you. She’s a great presence on film and a star from top to bottom, but she REALLY seems too young for this part. Cooper looks more like her dad and one had to really suspend belief to imagine Jennifer as the widower of a policeman. It didn’t bother me too much but wondered if an older actress would have made the relationship even better. It’s been a long time since Natalie starred in a romantic dramedy of substance.

1 – Gravity


One of the best cinema experiences of my life. Thrilling and beautiful. I’m not sure how it will hold up on a smaller screen, but I almost don’t care. This is what we ask of Hollywood to deliver more often.

ReplacingGeorge Clooney Sandra Bullock

Why? – The one that got away. Once upon a time it seemed this would be Natalie’s post Oscar win role. Maybe that was never the case, but the film and Natalie will be forever joined in my mind. Props to Sandy, she’s never been better, but I needed this film with Natalie starring. I NEEDED IT. *sob*

On that depressing note, that’s my list. Feel free to chime in with your picks in the comments. I’ll be doing a poll so you guys can more officially weigh in.

Special mentions to The 5 Year Engagement, Aint Them Bodies Saints and Moonrise Kingdom.


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  • natness says:

    Hm, as to “Shame”, why do you think Carey Mulligan singing New York, New York is a weak point of the film? I need to watch it again to judge her talent as a singer, but from what I remember she´s done a great job. And if it´s indeed flawed in any way, maybe it is on purpose?

    A “Shame” I haven´t seen any of the other films. But I would certainly have liked to see Natalie in Blue Is The Warmest Colour, for certain (quite obvious) reasons.

  • omgzrachel says:

    I’m a JLaw fan, but now that you’ve mentioned it, I would’ve loved to see Natalie take her place in Silver Linings Playbook. Gravity was amazing and it’s a shame Natalie was unavailable if the rumors about her being considered for the part are to be believed, but just couldn’t see her in that role.

  • I’m a huge fan of Portman, but she is a little too young for the part, if she were older I think she would have been great. However, I think she would have given a completely different performance compared to Bullock; leaning more on the fear side of it. Bullock portrayed a very unique vulnerability and perseverance. The only other actress I left the cinema that I thought could play that role was Winona Ryder.

  • rryq says:

    i’d love to see natalie taking Carey Mulligan’s place in The Great Gatsby,but in Shame,no.Coz it’s not convincing for her to act as Fassbender’s sister,considering the fact that Mulligan and Fassbender have both English and German background.And I’m sure natalie cannot sing as well as Mulligan does in the movie because of her voice ,and that singing scene is actually very touching.Mulligan did sing so well that Coen brothers chose her to play Jean Berkey in inInside Llewyn Davis, which is such a great movie that I’d really love to see natalie being a part of.Always fantasize about natalie playing in a biopic,even as a cameo. Besides,It’s hard to imagine natalie baring a lot of skin in Shame,but mulligan did that in the shower scene and the result’s striking.

  • Dazza says:

    On the singing…

    Just watched it again and nope, still think it’s a ridiculous scene. The long hushed performance and reaction afterwards makes it seem like people are hearing something truly wondrous, but it’s really nothing of the sort. Think a room full of people chatting and ignoring her while she sings this intimate version that only her brother really notices, that might have had a different effect on me.


  • Adonis says:

    “Looper” was a great thriller that uses a scenario of a not too distant future, which value expected for human life … you can say (12 Monkeys) the real hell.
    In this movie, as in “Gravity”, Natalie would be unbeatable in the two.
    Anyway, Natalie will have many opportunities to make great movies.

    A good new year to all.

  • Happy new year to all fans.

  • Josh says:

    Lets be honest Natalie is the most beautiful and talented actress of her time. That being said she would have been a far better choice for all these films rather than the actress’s that were chosen. Especially for Silver Linings. Just my opinion though.