Posted September 27, 2012 by FilmJuice in Features
 
 

Charlize Theron


Charlize Theron is considered one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood and regularly tops “sexiest” polls around the globe. Labelled a Hollywood beauty, Charlize’s choice of roles have often disguised her stunning features or turned her appearance into a curse, the latter of which was used to full effect in her latest film “Snow White and the Huntsman.”

Charlize Theron is considered one of the most
beautiful women in Hollywood and regularly tops “sexiest” polls around the
globe.
Labelled a Hollywood beauty, Charlize’s
choice of roles have often disguised her stunning features or turned her
appearance into a curse, the latter of which was used to full effect in her
latest film “Snow White and the Huntsman.”

To celebrate the
release of Snow White and the Huntsman
on Blu-ray and DVD on 1st
October
, Filmjuice takes a look at the films which Charlize Theron has used
to redefine the notion of Hollywood beauty into something with more substance
and heart.

The Devil’s Advocate (1997)
Charlize Theron’s
break out role saw her play the tormented wife of a lawyer (Keanu Reeves) who is oblivious to the
fact that he works for Lucifer (Al
Pacino
). Despite appearing alongside actors with far more experience, she
managed not only to hold her own but to convincingly portray a formerly
rational woman’s fall into delusion and paranoia. To prepare for this early
dramatic role, Charlize visited a psychotherapist for three months to
understand the harrowing disintegration of the mind and the effect it can have
on appearance.


Mighty Joe Young (1998)
After taking on a
number of critically-acclaimed edgy and dramatic characters, the
family-friendly “Mighty Joe Young” brought Charlize into the mainstream. Her
motherly persona in the Disney picture added another string to her already
diverse bow and the warm performance she gives steals the show away from the 16
and a half foot ape she shares screen time with.

The Cider House Rules (1999)
In the charming
“The Cider House Rules,” Candy (Charlize Theron) teaches Homer (Tobey Maguire)
about life outside of the sheltered orphanage he grew up in. Set during World
War II, Charlize plays the lonely girlfriend of a soldier in battle with
conviction perfectly suited for the period and her character’s reaction pre and
post-abortion is fraught with realistic emotion and inner-turmoil.

Monster (2003)
Charlize Theron’s
spectacular turn as the prostitute-turned-serial killer, Aileen Wuornos, is
considered one of the greatest movie performances of all time. Catapulting her
onto the A-list, “Monster” earned Charlize her first Oscar as audiences
witnessed the naturally stunning actress disappear completely into the disturbing and unflattering role of a
desperate woman on the edge of sanity.

North Country (2005)
Hiding her
natural beauty once again, although not as dramatically, Charlize cemented the
idea that she has the innate ability to take on powerful roles about
unglamorous women in a man’s world. In “North Country” she becomes the fearless
mine-worker that won the first sexual harassment case in American history with
such compelling human detail that critics failed to fault her in the often
difficult follow up major role.

Young Adult (2011)
Charlize uses her
appearance to full effect in “Young Adult,” which tells the tale of a
self-absorbed, destructive prom queen who has grown up, yet never let go of her
high school glory years. In the gritty stand out role, her character is not
particularly likeable, nor is she meant to be, but the Oscar-winner played the
flawed part so realistically that critics commented on how unsettling the
portrayal of a narcissistic, lonely woman was to experience.

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
In a role that
demanded that she must be the “fairest of them all,” Charlize was perfectly
cast as the soul-sucking beast beneath a beautiful exterior. Utilising her full
range, her portrayal of the unbalanced Queen Ravenna flits from innocent
victim, to evil schemer, to frenzied ruler with such unpredictability that it
is no wonder that she instils fear into the hearts of every living thing around
her with nothing more than a deliciously icy stare.

Snow White and the Huntsman
is on Blu-ray and DVD from 1st October. Pre-order your copy HERE:


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