The first time most of us saw Robert Pattinson on screen was as the charming and cocky, Cedric Diggory. Harry’s competition in ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ (2005), who tragically dropped dead at the end of the film. Who would have imagined that from there he would emerge as the glittering, undead Vampire in Edward Cullen of the Twilight Saga.
By the end of the fourth film Pattinson seemed to be parodying his own performance from the previous outings. Though these films gave him international heartthrob status and fetched him a ton of money, it also drastically reduced his credibility as a serious actor.
Lucky for him and us, Robert has left those days far behind him. His latest film, the Safdie brothers’ ‘Good Time’ premiered at this year’s Cannes film festival to phenomenal critical acclaim for his performance. Many considered him a forerunner for the festival’s best actor award. Pattinson eventually lost out to Joaquin Phoenix who won for his portrayal of a traumatised mercenary in Lynne Ramsay’s violent thriller ’You Were Never Really Here’ Here is the list of top Robert Pattinson movies selected from his limited filmography. You can watch some of these best Robert Pattinson movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
10. Little Ashes (2008)
Shot before ‘Twilight’ (2008) but released after, meant that Pattinson was already branded as the dazzlingly vampire by the time critics and audiences watched ‘Little Ashes’ and this led to direct comparison between the two roles. The film transports you back to 1920s-30s revolutionary Spain where three young artists and future greats, the poet and playwright García Lorca, filmmaker Luis Buñuel and gifted surrealist painter Salvador Dalí are still students at the School of Fine Arts, Madrid. Pattinson plays Dalí and according to critic Roger Ebert, “Shows an admirable willingness to take on a challenging role in direct contrast to the famous Edward Cullen.” The film explores the platonic attraction between Lorca and Dalí that burns with repressed sexuality. It is a divisive work and might not hold much interest for some who aren’t familiar with the three artists or their work, apart from, of course, watching Pattinson slip into the skin of the great but troubled Dalí.
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