Welcome to 5 Favorites. Each week, I will put together a list of my 5 favorites (films, performances, whatever strikes my fancy) along with commentary on a given topic each week, usually in relation to a specific film releasing that week.
Hollywood’s heartthrobs are well known for appearing in some relatively banal films and Ryan Reynolds is certainly no stranger. After his emergence as a television actor in Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place, he quickly rose to fame through a co-starring role in Blade: Trinity and a starring role in remake of The Amityville Horror. They weren’t his first films, but they established his blockbuster bona fides. Unfortunately, his fame took a hit with the failures of X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the box office bomb Green Lantern. He’s since revitalized his career thanks to his well received starring role in massive X-rated hit Deadpool and co-starring with Samuel L. Jackson in the prior film to this week’s sequel release The Hitman’s Bodyguard’s Wife.
All this while, Reynolds has quietly been making an impact in small, art house roles, delivering two of his finest performances in two of my selections for this week’s five favorites. Aside from the two other films cited above, the third film is an animated film, which I have often neglected to include for these articles, but which effectively used his vocal talents.