best film: Sofia Coppola’s second feature Lost in Translation stands atop Scarlett Johannson’s list of best films. This lands Scarlett a lead (or co-lead) role in a top 100 all-time film. Under the Skin and Marriage Story are superb films- but cannot quite touch the aforementioned 2003 masterpiece.
best performance: Lost in Translation. This is a subtle performance- much quieter than Bill Murray’s work in the same film, but their massive achievement is on the same level. It is nearly impossible to picture someone else pulling off the character of Charlotte nearly as well. Scarlett comes off as wise beyond her years and embodies the sort of quarter-life crisis- lost longing and pathos.
stylistic innovations/traits: Scarlett is known as an accomplished, mature actor with that trademark deeper feminine voice (a long proud lineage going back to Lauren Bacall). She is yet another child actor turned star and gifted adult actor (like Natalie Portman and Elizabeth Taylor on this list). She worked opposite Robert Redford and others as a younger teen in the 1990s, but it was her breakthrough came in the early 2000s with four films in the archives before the age of twenty (20) including Lost in Translation. Scarlett’s strengths, for the purposes of this list, are those trio of films at the top of her list. That trio includes Sofia’s Lost in Translation, Under the Skin and Marriage Story.
directors worked with: The Coen Brothers (2), Woody Allen (2) and then the likes of Sofia Coppola, Christopher Nolan, Spike Jonze, Jonathan Glazer, and Noah Baumbach once. Woody and The Coen Brothers may lead the way here- but she is not a part of their best work. The important collaborations to date for Scarlett are Sofia, Baumbach and Glazer.
top five performances:
- Lost in Translation
- Under the Skin
- Marriage Story
- Match Point
|2001- Ghost World|
|2001- The Man Who Wasn’t There|
|2003- Girl with a Pearl Earring|
|2003- Lost in Translation|
|2005- Match Point|
|2006- The Prestige|
|2008- Vicky Christina Barcelona|
|2012- The Avengers|
|2013- Under the Skin|
|2016- Hail, Caesar!|
|2016- Captain America: Civil War|
|2019- Jojo Rabbit|
|2019 – Marriage Story|