5. The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996)
Directed by Michael Lehmann, this romantic comedy stars Uma Thurman, Janeane Garofalo, Ben Chaplin and Jamie Foxx. This 1996 flick narrates the “weirdest” story of a successful veterinarian & radio show host, played by Janeane Garofalo, who asks her model friend played by Thurman to impersonate her when a handsome man, essayed by Ben Chaplin, when he wants to see her on a blind date.
Thurman plays the beautiful model, Noelle Slusarsky who lacks the brains of Abby Barnes. This creates a perfect contrast which foils the comic element. The writing by Audrey Wells does wonders for the actors, and especially for Thurman.
4. Beautiful Girls (1996)
Another ensemble starrer, this 1996 flick is a romantic comedy. ‘Beautiful Girls’ is one of the best feel good movies ever made, and the credit goes to the wondrous performances by its star cast. While other films see Thurman portray quite hefty and weighty roles, this one brings her witty and charming side. She essays the role of Andera, who acts as the wise and pleasant bond of the social group. The actress brings out her inner charisma and shows us to appreciate the littlest things of life. She fetches the “beauty” in the girl.
3. Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004)
The Bride is probably the strongest and the prominent character in the history of cinema, and much of its credit goes to Uma Thurman. The second instalment of the ‘Kill Bill’ duology, Thurman deftly portrays her calibre in swiftly changing her persona and emotion with the change of time.
Although Thurman plays the same character, she brings shades of a more humane and broken character. While the first film saw her slaying everyone possible, the actress adds a new colour to Beatrix Kiddo and helps makes us connect to Tarantino’s ideas. Thurman’s performance proves that an actor can show new shades of emotions in the same character.
2. Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2002)
Swiftly followed by ‘Kill Bill: Volume 2’ (2004) is this 2002 prequel. Her second collaboration with Tarantino sees Thurman play Beatrix Kiddo also known as Black Mamba who swears revenge on the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, who betrayed tried to kill her. The actor lives every actor’s dream by portraying the “deadliest woman in the world”. From a woman who lost everything, her unborn child and her bride, to a woman who completely demolishes and vanquishes the Yakuza.
1. Pulp Fiction (1994)
Mia Wallace is a former actress who now has to live under the oppressive shadow of her mob husband. The first partnership between Thurman and Tarantino, ‘Pulp Fiction’ shot Uma Thurman into super-stardom and established her as a bankable actress in Hollywood. Impressing Quinton Tarantino in the very first meeting, Thurman was the face of the films promotion materials. Introduced in the “Vincent Vega and Marsellus Wallace’s Wife” segment, her chemistry with John Travolta is suggestive but impactful . She brilliantly shadows the emotions of being a woman who has been supressed in her husband, Marsellus Wallace’s overprotective assertiveness. She shows signs of brilliance when her character goes into drug overdose and makes the scene both cringe worthy and edgy. Although Thurman isn’t the primary star in Tarantino’s neo-noir black comedy, she showcases her acting brilliance and commands both the box office and earned immense praise from critics. Adding to her success, she was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
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