One of the most recognizable faces in the world today — thanks to Harry Potter series and her activism — Emma Watson is also one of the best up-and-coming actresses. The monumental success of Harry Potter could have pushed her in several wrong directions but she kept her head on her shoulders and emerged a better actress. Yes, she still has a long way to go, but as she showed us in the recently released ‘Beauty and the Beast’ that she has a very bright future ahead of us. Today we are going to look at her short filmography and pull out the list of top Emma Watson movies selected from her limited filmography. You can watch some of these best Emma Watson movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
The final chapter in the series starts with a melancholy tone set by the death of Dobby but the pace grows exponentially up to the Battle that takes place. The movie holds onto the themes of good versus evil and brings them to the forefront. The revelation that Harry contains a bit of Voldemort’s soul brings forth the idea that maybe the struggle between good and bad is an introspective one. Many characters grow stronger in the dark atmosphere. The movie ended the series very strongly with great storytelling and conflict resolution which earned the movie great acclaim and love from fans. Emma Watson is as always brilliant in her part.
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4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
The third movie in the Harry Potter series was directed by Alfonso Cuaron, who brought to the series a much-needed maturity. The dark tone of the movie was complemented by the darker color grading for it. The movie also utilizes a constantly moving camera which amplifies the terror looming in the background. The time traveling portions of the book also translated very well into the movie, ending with a great performance by Emma Watson and Danielle Radcliffe. The CGI used for the majestic hippogriff, Buckbeak as well as the soul-sucking Dementors is incredible and will certainly age well.
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3. The Beauty and the Beast (2016)
The Beauty and the Beast’s greatest strength is the music and songs, a soaring score that is rapturous and beautifully tells the tale as old as time. It is a handsome production, ripe with stunning sets and gorgeous costumes, made obviously with great reverence for the first film. Much of the film rests on Emma Watson as Belle. She is wonderful throughout, reminding us she was always the most talented of the Harry Potter kids and in the not so distant future will be holding an Oscar. She is a joy throughout, and while a trained singer, she has done justice to every song in the movie.
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2. The Bling Ring (2013)
If you want to see what a movie star acting in a film looks like, watch ‘The Bling Ring’. By the way, that was a compliment. Her role in the film required her to play a boisterous and confident but careless teenager, which she completely nails. Directed by one of my favorite directors, Sofia Coppola, ‘The Bling Ring’ is inspired by actual events where a group of fame-obsessed teenagers uses the internet to track celebrities’ whereabouts in order to rob their homes. It is one of these films that is funny and eye-opening at the same time.
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1. The Perks of Being Wall Flower (2012)
‘The Perks of Being Wallflower’ beautifully captures the rich tapestry of growing up experiences soaked in lessons learned for a lifetime. It is the coming-of-age tale of an introvert teen, Charlie, who enters high school as a freshman and finds difficult to intermingle until he is befriended by two seniors, Sam & Patrick. A friendship that teaches him to be comfortable in his own skin and explore the new dynamism of relationships. As Sam, Emma Watson is charming and delightful. Even though Logan Lerman is excellent as Charlie, in the end, it is Emma who you will remember the most.
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