I re-watched "The Dark Knight" a few times over the last couple of weeks. I'm probably going to watch a couple more before I send it back to Netflix. I'm just so dazzled with everything about this movie: the appeal to the senses & the appeal to the cognitive, the cinematography & the score, the writing & the acting, etc. etc. etc. It's just SO good. The more I see it & think about it, I think it may be one of the top 3 films I've ever seen. And Ledger's Joker -- well, he's just pitch perfect.
Which got me to thinking... What are the best movie characters that have been introduced to the public consciousness this decade? You know, the ones that you just can't get enough of. Here's my stab at ranking the best of them. I came up with thirteen from this decade so far...
13.) Juno MacGuff
She's so darn spunky & unique. She's just likable.
Larry the Cable Guy
He's so funny.
11.) Jim Braddock
Cinderella Man (2005)
You can't help but love & root for this guy.
10.) Bruce Wayne / Batman
Batman Begins (2005)
By far the best Batman so far. Christian Bale has entered an elite group of superstar young actors that make compelling characters.
9.) Daniel Plainview
There Will Be Blood (2007)
Plays the slimy confidence man with great poise.
8.) Buddy the Elf
Cockeyed optimism meets cold, hard reality. And he plays it with supreme humor. I think it's Ferrell's best character: even better than Ron Burgundy & Ricky Bobby.
7.) Jason Bourne
The Bourne Identity (2002)
The best of the super spies with the initials J.B. (e.g. James Bond, Jack Bauer). Watching those films, you just can't wait until he gets cornered and is forced to unleash his lethal skills.
6.) Tony Stark
Iron Man (2008)
His arrogance is intoxicating. You just want more! And we'll have plenty once they're done with his films...
Crowe is the only actor to make my list twice. With this character, he made the William Wallace of this decade.
Training Day (2001)
The best twist of any film this decade is when you figure out that Alonzo is really a bad guy. His character was just so compelling.
3.) Ruby Thewes
Cold Mountain (2003)
The best of the two female characters on the list. She steals the show. If you've seen the movie, you understand.
2.) Captain Jack Sparrow
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
I thought he was the best character created for a movie since Val Kilmer's Doc Holliday in "Tombstone." In fact, they're quite similar in nature. I somewhat wonder whether Depp (or the POTC writers, or both) copied elements of Doc Holliday when they were piecing this character together.
1.) The Joker
The Dark Knight (2008)
Simply the best.
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