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11 Best Movies of Hilary Swank You Must See

October 2, 2017
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“One thing I’ve learned: you never know where life is taking you, but it’s taking you.” This quote holds true for almost every breathing soul on earth. It is taken from ‘Big Mouth & Ugly Girl’, a fantastic novel by Hilary Swank. The American actress is one of the most successful and revered actresses of her generation. Her versatility and a gnawing penchant for eliciting the extra-ordinary is uncontested and exemplary in nature. Swank is a two-time Academy Award winner, doing so in the span of almost a decade. Her perfect body structure and physicality are often downplayed and criticised.

In spite of this dogmatic opinioting, Swank’s incredible acting prowess stands tall and overshadows everything else. The way she changes emotions from one scene to the other isn’t found normally in the glistening corridors of Hollywood. Saluting this strong and independent woman, we decided to list some of her best work and apprise you of her unbridled talent. Here is the list of top 11 movies of Hilary Swank.

 

11. New Year’s Eve (2011)

I have no penance against entertaining films with a multi-layered plot. My friend Iqbal knows better. But do I like them? Of course not. ‘New Year’s Eve’ was a similar sojourn into the happy bliss that Christmas time brings in people’s life, except they approached it completely differently. An intersection of numerous different people from different walks of life. the film sees Hilary Swank in the role of Claire Morgan, the successful and elegant Vice President of the Times Square Alliance. Her hectic job of conducting the perfect ball drop on the eve of Christmas is further marred by incongruous workers and incapable officials. Her frustrated yet kind display of affection and warmth is sure to ruffle you up for the upcoming festive season.

 

10. You Are Not You (2014)

“So you see. That is where it all began That smile. That damned smile.” For once we’ll let Hannah Baker rest in peace. Since time immemorial we have been a witness to amateurish romantic-comedies. Very few dare to go outside the comfort zone of their viewer and shine like a star in the dark night. ‘You’re Not You’ at least dared, even though it faintly failed. The film employs a story that takes into focus an incongruous relationship between an ALS patient and the collegian hired assistant. Beauty has ramparts no one can destroy is a phrase that fits here like a hand in glove. The film over emphasises its metaphysical element, resulting in a languid narrative that moves at a glacial pace. Well written and brilliantly acted, it could have been so much better.

 

9. The Resident (2011)

In spite of the negative critique for the film, opinions were generally positive for Hiary’s performance. Swank is tasked with playing a single occupant of a flat, who suspects stalking and further ulterior motives in her deserted and transient apartment building. The film fails to create jaw-dropping and heart-throbbing crescendos, which are a commonality in thriller films. Its biggest let down though is its uneventful story with minimal twists. The bland narrative fails to conjure up the resilience and strength to outlast the fierce whip of time. Every dark cloud does have a silver lining.

 

8. The Homesman (2014)

I just don’t know what is it with Tommy Lee Jones and Westerns. This unabashed romance has resulted in some of the finest films made over the years, and some inspiring performances worth remembering. ‘The Homesman’ results in both of the above taking form. A frontier farm woman (Hilary Swank) saves the life of a claim-jumper (Tommy Lee Jones) and persuades him to help her escort three insane women to a safe haven in Iowa. The woman is faced with backlash and criticism from all fronts for taking up activities beyond her “character”. Swank’s extremely refined portrayal of a damsel in distress working excruciatingly hard to get out of it is supremely satiating and eventful. A treat fir you to savour and reminisce.

 

7. Red Dust (2004)

It is really bewildering how Hollywood generalises and stereotypes actors playing lawyers. Dressed classy and acting all poised, this reflection of a successful lawyer is nothing more than the dogmatic and restricted expectations of the people of a society of a protector of law. Swank plays Sarah Burcant, a noble and able lawyer, who ledges to assist rising politician Alex Mpondo in bringing the perpetrators of the aftermath of Apartheid in South Africa. She is simply flawless in her tirade against injustice, seamlessly transitioning in the thickly veined contours of her character. Her effortless charm and guile are successful in making the film a memorable one.

 

6. PS I Love You (2007)

Plainly, this one os not for the critics to spoil. It is one for you to savour and reminisce with your loved one, sitting under a starry night, with the moonlight crisply thirsting down in all its sheen. You get to see two Hilary Swanks: one, a grieving girlfriend, who is miserable and reckless in the ordinary business of life, and second: a carefree and strong single simpleton, cherishing the memories she made with the love of her life. Swank revels in both her roles with immense and spotless dexterity. The heart-felt film is a testament to the fact that all good films don’t necessarily have to be rated 90+ on Rotten Tomatoes. A wonderful effort!

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