Jon Favreau has had quite the diverse career. Starting in the indies and then taking on mega-blockbusters shows what a talented individual he is. You name it, Favreau can do it. Comedies, fantasy, action, superhero, sport, even Christmas films! Heck, he was even in Friends. They may not always hit, but over the years Favreau has created quite a credible back catalogue.
With the release of Chef on the today let’s take a look at some of his best work.
Favreau wrote this smart, snappy screenplay, and provided himself and co-star Vince Vaughn with attention-grabbing roles. Favreau plays an aspiring comedian and Vaughn is his slick, smooth operator of a friend who tries to show him the ropes on the swinging singles scene. The contrast between the two actors – Favreau playing the likeable goof pining over lost love and Vaughn as his charismatic fast-talking buddy – is irresistible.
Favreau took the helm but did not write this Will Ferrell comedy about an oversized elf on the road to self-discovery. The film proved to Hollywood that Favreau could work in the mainstream. Favreau has a cameo as the doctor and provides the voice of the narwhal. This is one of the best modern Christmas films and is a must watch every Christmas in my household.
Now, here’s a Marmite film. I personally love it, but many didn’t like it. Loosely following the same plot as Jumanji, of a board game which magically comes to life, but this time setting the action in space, it’s the wonderful practical effects which truly mark Zathura out as something special. Zathura creates a believable fantasy world for its young actors. An undeserved failure at the box-office, we can thank Zathura for one thing – marking out Favreau as a director with real blockbuster potential, realised perfectly with with the next film...
With this film, Favreau delivered one of the best comic book movies of all time. He had the perfect actor in Robert Downey, Jr. to play Tony Stark and he approached the story with a fresh, spontaneous indie feel. He said he wanted it to feel like Robert Altman’s films with overlapping and improvised dialogue. The action may have left a little to be desired but the film had energy and a nice focus on character. Smart, funny, and loads of fun. He kicked off Marvel’s Phases of films and that’s no easy feat in itself.
I love Wimbledon. I don’t care what anyone says about it, I will defend it to the end of the universe. Here, Jon Favreau plays typical cheeky chappy he has been known for, but he keeps the somewhat unbelievable story down to earth. This acting performance is pretty much the epitome of what Favreau brings as an actor. He’s funny, he’s charismatic and he steals every scene he’s in.
Also, he was in both Batman Forever and Daredevil and his career is still intact. Considering how awful those films were, that’s pretty impressive. And his new film, Chef is great. Go and see it.
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