After watching the latest release Batman Movie, Time Out is revisiting the latest filmography of Robert Pattinson, who, unfortunately, for many is still “the brilliant Twilight vampire.”
7. “Girl” (Damsel, 2018)
In the slapstick western by American indie directors, the Zellner brothers, Pattinson, who has exchanged his forties for the first time since Harry Potter, again plays a narcissistic idiot – Samuel Alabaster, who sets off to rescue the bride from the clutches of villains (this image went to the as always determined Mia Wasikowski) – and in general it looks organically and funny surrounded by ponies, love ballads and postcard panoramas of the Wild West. Like the film itself, this role, in comparison with the dramatic works of the actor, looks somewhat optional – which is what makes it, albeit a small one, charm.
6. “Rover” (The Rover, 2013)
If there’s anything to be happy about in this deliberately brutal, but devoid of genuine inspiration, contemporary Mad Max replica, it’s the convincing performances. Of course, the central duo of Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson deserves the most praise, for which the Rover is generally worth watching. And if the first one has long earned its laurels, then Pattinson’s transformation from a repulsed teenager into a conscious hero throughout the film at one time clearly demonstrated that the former Edward Cullen is capable of more complex emotions.
5. The Childhood of a Leader (2015)
Robert Pattinson’s screen presence in Brady Corbet’s ambitious debut takes no more than fifteen minutes in total. But even for these couple of scenes, he makes a powerful impression, which is only enhanced by the fact that the actor here performs in two roles at once, one of which (for nothing that is revealed only towards the end) will sink into the soul even to those who still consider Rob a hostage of one role.
4. “Cosmopolis” (Cosmopolis, 2012)
His first truly serious role – and in this the actor was incredibly lucky – Pattinson played with the Canadian provocateur David Cronenberg. Moreover, the filming of the film adaptation of the postmodernist DeLillo’s novel of the same name went hand in hand with the last part of the “Twilight” franchise. It’s hard to imagine a more dissimilar scene, but this was the boldness of the gesture: while in one film Pattinson continued to languishly look at Bella, in another he fucked Juliette Binoche and cut through the city in an expensive limousine, carrying on high-profile dialogues about cyber-capitalism. Two years later, Rob would continue this self-disclosure stunt in Cronenberg’s Map of the Stars—ironically as a limousine driver.
3. “High Life” (High Life, 2018)
In the years since Rob ended Twilight, the actor has spent as much distance as possible from the image of the sexy vampire that brought him popularity. Therefore, it is not surprising that after six years and a dozen films, he completely flew into space. In High Society, the actor played a young criminal who, instead of being sentenced to death, is sent along with other prisoners on a secret mission outside the solar system. In this role, Pattinson replaced such veterans as Vincent Gallo and Philip Seymour Hoffman – and surprisingly did not lose to either one or the other: in the image of the shaven-headed Monte, who learns the secrets of fatherhood and the universe, the thirty-two-year-old Rob looks like an artist who has finally matured for big roles.
2. “The Lost City of Z” (The Lost City of Z, 2016)
In the underrated adventure epic about the fate of the British traveler Percy Fawcett, Pattinson got a far from the main (it went to another British star Charlie Hunnam) but nevertheless an important role – the actor attracts attention every time he appears in the frame. This is largely achieved due to the non-standard type of his hero: Corporal Kostin has an impressive beard, wears glasses and seems unsociable compared to the fit, handsome Fawcett. However, this aloofness, brilliantly conveyed by Pattinson, turns out to be just a well-designed camouflage – under it (as, I would like to believe, in the actor himself), the audience will find a sympathetic and devoted friend, ready to stand up for his convictions to the end.
1. Good Time (2017)
Perhaps Pattinson’s best performance so far was with the up-and-coming directors of the Safdie Brothers, whose crime drama Good Time garnered applause at Cannes a couple of years ago. The plot of two brothers robbing the streets of New York was immediately compared by critics with Scorsese’s early films, and Rob’s exit was called a benefit performance. And for good reason: completely unrecognizable as the petty thief Connie, the actor turns out to be the real energy core of the story (along with the pulsating music and rhythmic montage of the picture), whose reincarnation can only be compared with Heath Ledger’s equally selfless approach to the role of the Joker.