Reese Witherspoon is unstoppable. With her second Oscar nomination (and one win) under her belt, as well as having a hit film out, she’s well on her way. After a period of time away from the limelight, Reese has returned and she’s stronger than ever. Reese was also a producer on the hit Oscar nominated film, Gone Girl. With the Oscars approaching, let’s take a look at some of Reese’s best films.
This film marked Reese’s debut into the world of acting. A coming of age film, it tells of 14 year old Dani and her experiences with first love, attempting to fit in with her family, and tragedy. Dani must also deal with a new range emotions for her, including betrayal, love, and loss. Reese was praised for her performance and Roger Ebert listed the film at number 8 on his top 10 films list of 1991.
After a fight, David and his very active sister Jennifer (Reese) somehow end up in David’s favourite show, Pleasantville. The two must pretend to be the main characters of the show. With their arrival, things start to change around the quaint town and the two must deal as such. The film was nominated for several Oscars and received positive reviews but also shows a stunning performance by Reese as a young girl transforming a town whilst also transforming herself.
If you'd hadn’t heard of Reese before this fun comedy (and for that, we object), there was no denying her now. Legally Blonde officially put Reese Witherspoon on the map. Elle Woods, determined to get the supposed love of her life back, enrolls at Harvard Law School and is accepted. During her time there, she not only discovers her “love” isn’t what she was looking for, she discovers herself and also that she has a knack for law.
This marked the biggest commercial success of Reese’s career. Melanie, coming from a poor southern family, moves to New York and becomes an up and coming fashion designer. She finally has everything she could ever want, including a well off (and good looking) boyfriend. When he proposes to her, Melanie must return to Alabama to see her family and to finalize her divorce from her first husband – who refuses to sign the divorce papers.
This film cemented two things. Reese could act. She could also sing. Walk the Line documents the early life and career of country legend Johnny Cash. It centres on his early life, along with his romance with June Carter (who would become his wife), and his rise into the world of country music. The film was nominated for five Oscars, including Best Actress, which Reese won. Reese proved herself as a character actor in this film.
What Do You Think?
Reese is a powerhouse and has continued to prove herself over and over again. There is no denying she is talented.
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Wild is out today!