Actress Natalie Portman can hold her own. She as the charisma of Audrey Hepburn, but the acting abilities of Meryl Streep and Elizabeth Taylor. On her personal side, she’s very opinionated with her Harvard background while stepping into her won with her directorial debut, Eve. She’s also one of my favorites as she is one of the few actresses that can hold the legacy of Audrey Hepburn. An actress to reckon with, she’s created an impressive resume of films. And here’s some of her best:
1. Closer (2004)
Natalie Portman shines with costars Jude Law, Julia Roberts, and Clive Owen in the moive about people trying to feel of intimacy closeness with complications on the side. Natalie Portman is sexually alluring as she teases Law and Owen. Portman also won numerous awards including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Female Actress in 2005.
- It’s the only way to leave. “I don’t love you anymore. Goodbye.”
- Lying’s the most fun a girl can have without taking her clothes off – but it’s better if you do.
2. Garden State (2004)
Garden State may have been a spiritual journey for Zac Braff as he returns to his hometown after his mother dies, but Natalie Portman is the sole reason he was enlightened. Playing the quirky and funny epileptic, she shows a new way of life for Zach. Her range of emotional depth and comedy attracted 20-something year olds to rent the movie resulting in a cult following. The film was nominated for Grand Jury prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
- Ooh, great job man! I really thought you were retarded. I mean, you’re better than that Corky kid and he’s actually retarded. If there was a retarded Oscar you would win, hands down, kick his ass!
- Sidecars are for bitches.
3. V for Vendetta (2005)
V for Vendetta brings a political message of totalitarian government from Alan Moore’s graphic novel. Portman plays the heroine who crosses paths with the masked vigilante. Daring and risqué as she shaved her head for the part proving she has more intelligence in her acting choices.
- Are you like a… crazy person?
- Remember, remember, the Fifth of November, the Gunpowder Treason and Plot. I know of no reason why the Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot… But what of the man?
4. My Blueberry Nights (2007)
Natalie Portman isn’t the lead actress, but provides a stellar performance as a supporting character. She plays the southern gambler whom she crosses paths with Norah Jones’ search for identity and love. Portman demonstrates a gritty and mature performance without being the focal point.
- You’re Hopeless.
- When are you gonna quit trusting people?
5. The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
Paired with Scarlett Johansson as sisters, they fight for the love of King Henry. While Scarlet plays the plain sister, Portman plays the interesting sister as she’s shows manipulation and malice. For a period piece, she steals the movie even from Eric Bana and Scarlet Johansson with her monologue.
- Perhaps now you know how it feels: to be deceived by your sister.
- I was merely offering my thoughts on the new French king. Which such great power, yet such meager authority as a man.
Paris Je T’aime (2006) is a great movie that features twenty short films about finding love in the city of Paris. Portman’s film is directed by German Tom Tyker in which a young blind man thinks about the fast relationship with a struggling actress. I feel it should be a notable mention since it may not showcase Portman’s abilities, but rather a crowning achievement of cinema.
And here’s an amalgam of Natalie imitating Audrey. Lovely!