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Actor Spotlight: Felicity Jones

July 19, 2012

Anton Yelchin & Felicity Jones in Like Crazy // via

Felicity Jones- a tiny British dynamo of natural acting talent. And by natural I mean that she makes all of her roles like like an extension of herself- convincing, casual and just plain adorable.

I had never heard about Felicity Jones before early 2011 when Like Crazy premiered.    Mark carried on for weeks about how much he anticipated the arrival of Like Crazy in our local independent theater.  The movie did not disappoint expectations and that was, in large part, due to Jones’ performance.  She plays out a story of first love in all of its complicated, messy, intoxicating, impulsive and selfish facets.  It is simultaneously painful and captivating to watch her and Anton Yelchin (Fright Night, Star Trek) ride the highs and lows of an intercontinental relationship.

I was fascinated, which naturally led me to curiosity…which OF COURSE led me to Netflix.  What better place to explore an actor’s career than in the library of cinema that is instantly accessible from my couch?

I then entered the world of British cinema and Felicity Jones…what I found- Cemetery Junction, Chalet Girl, and Albatross.

Cemetery Junction– In this 1970’s British set drama-dy, Jones is the daughter of a successful insurance executive who is ashamed of his humble beginnings. She is a young woman on the verge of marriage who still hasn’t figured out who she is or what she wants to do with her life.

Jones in Cemetery Junction // via

Chalet Girl– While this is in no way an example of film excellence, it is a fun little British romantic comedy.  Felicity is an ex-skateboard pro who becomes a chalet girl to help her dad with the bills. In this new job she is exposed to a world of money, snowboarding and Bill Nighy’s wonderful (but all to infrequent) moments of humor.

Ed Westwick & Jones in Chalet Girl //via

 

Albatross– I was deceived by this movie…I thought that it carried some weight to be marketed by the IFC. I was wrong.  Jones plays the sheltered good-girl to Jessica Brown Findlay’s (Downton Abbey)  misguided, rebellious girl who is searching for her place in a small coastal community.

Jessica Brown-Findlay & Felicity Jones in Albatross // via

 

The most grounded and believable aspect in each of these four movies is the character played by Felicity Jones.  In every situation–impulsive and in love, growing up and trying to break societal/parental ideals, a spirited girl with a sad past, or a sheltered kid trying to find a world outside of her dysfunctional family– Jones knows how to be what the story needs.

I have high hopes for her career.  Mark and I like to play a game with movies. When we are unsatisfied with a choice of actor for a movie or an actor’s performance,  we do not just sit and gripe about it. We try to come up with who we believe would be the perfect replacement. After watching Snow White and the Huntsman (and being underwhelmed by Kristen Stewart’s ‘Snow White’), we decided that jones would make the perfect Snow White for that film.  She’s got it goin’ on: equal parts tough, innocent and ‘fairest girl in the whole kingdom.’

 

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Watch all four films, enjoy this spunky little British actress, let me know what you think!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Sweet Sugar permalink
    July 19, 2012 8:26 am

    What? You’re going to talk this girl up and not provide any photos?

  2. johnleavengood permalink
    July 21, 2012 6:19 pm

    Not only do I now realize that I have some (previously intentionally skipped or backburnered) films to see, but I couldn’t agree more that she would have been a much better Snow White. Or, should I say, a Snow White that would be appropriate–as opposed to Stewart, who was no more appropriate as Snow White than a glittery vampire is in a vampire movie.

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