10 Best James McAvoy Movies You Must See

Among the contemporary crop of fearless actors, James McAvoy’s name stands head and shoulders above the rest. His amazing body of work, which includes movies of almost all genres, is a living testament to his talent. His Scottish ethnicity hasn’t limited him one bit, seamlessly flowing through the contours of his characters with aplomb. With a gnawing penchant for assuming roles which are an inherent tomboy in nature, his boyish charm does wonders and sways audiences with effortless ease. McAvoy’s real strength lies in drawing the viewer close, with intensity and intrigue, and then letting go, unleashing barrages of evocative feelings, capable of shaking the very earth beneath us. We present to you the list of top 10  James McAvoy movies. Happy reading!


10. Atomic Blonde (2017)

‘Atomic Blonde’ could have easily been the year’s best film, if not for its cliched style of finishing scenes. The way they are built up, almost every one, is tremendously satiating as an audience, and appallingly original. It doesn’t, however, lack conviction in the way they are ended. An elite Mi6 agent faces a challenge she has never come up against: the Berlin Wall. Retrieving important dossiers from the city, the mercurial agent gets herself into trouble, only to find a hero in the eccentric David Percival (McAvoy). The two together wish to finish what the former started. Comparisons with ‘John Wick’ fall flat on their face. It , at best, is a meek semblance, which keeps its wings tightly wrought into its back, failing to take the risk. McAvoy is brilliant and ruthless in his role. His exponential growth over the years reflects well in his refined and finely tuned performance.


9. The Last Station (2009)

Just seeing the star-cast will compel you into tuning in. With such talented names, playing such esteemed and distinguished stalwarts of history, it’s all bound to get cumbersome. ‘The Last Station’ is a drama that focuses on a troubled relationship between a husband and his wife, who happen to be famous. Tolstoy’s literary legacy becomes a subject of debate and ultimate bitterness. One thing that the viewers must take into account is the fact that the movie, being a historical film, has certain restrictions in the way the characters dress, in the way they speak. If history doesn’t fascinate you, probably give this one a miss. As far as McAvoy is concerned, his amiable diffidence, strikingly similar to his character in ‘Last King of Scotland’, is pleasing to the eye and inherently alluring.


8. The Conspirator (2010)

The sole female suspect in the blasphemous assassination of President Abraham Lincoln faces nothing but the nadir. His taciturn and able lawyer is the only person supporting her claims. Diligent introspection divulges ulterior motives at hand. Redford has a knack for delivering quality and substantive cinema. ‘The Conspirator’ is no different, with his deliberate and stagebound approach proving to be a bit too glacial. Robin Wright and James McAvoy are the shining stars of the movie, each displaying their immense acting prowess without breaking a sweat. The blank stares and the hurried sense of self-consciousness that the latter holds are a divisive tool of his character study. Brilliant, and brilliant.


7. Trance (2013)

While trying to recover a lost painting, a fine art auctioneer ends up seeking help from a hypnotherapist. The stakes rise higher as his mind swings between reality, desire, and fantasy. Danny Boyle is an undisputed genius, and with ‘Trance’, he showed exactly why. Following movement with a transient touch of class and skill, his flowing camerawork is a reflection of McAvoy’s free spirit in the movie. Rougher and tougher than many of his other movies, the gritty resilience and graphic violence do make it an uneasy watch. But beyond that, there are hardly any crime-thrillers that are better than telling an agnostic tale of revenge.


6. Starter for 10 (2006)

‘Starter for 10’ was a pleasant reinforcement in teen-drama comedies with a purposeful meaning. Adjusting to life at Bristol University, Brian (McAvoy), an intelligent and naive working-class student, finds it hard to make friends. His way out is signing up for a quizzing club, which will change his life forever. The film features a plethora of English stars making their first impressions with strong performances. The biggest surprise remained Cumberbatch, who gave us a timely reminder of his envious versatility. Leading the movie, McAvoy steadfastly holds his own, and revels in a natural role, tailor-made for him.

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