Monday, October 29, 2007

In Praise Of...


Ellen Page

There are plenty of young actresses in the world; they generally range from the merely irritating (Dakota Fanning, Amanda Bynes) to the beautiful-but-worthless (Hillary Duff) to those permanently relegated to the bathroom floor and, consequently, the virtual pages of TMZ.com (Lindsay Lohan).

It's gotten so that someone who's young and talented, who's in it for the long haul rather than the quick flame-out, tends to go relatively unnoticed.

This is why I love Ellen Page.

For the uninitiated, the 20-year-old Canadian was the screen-chewing presence behind one of the most complex and unnerving characters in recent film history. In 2005's Hard Candy, she played Hayley Stark, a seemingly innocent teenager who turns the tables on an older man whom she believes to be a sexual predator -- a man who may or may not be responsible for the kidnapping death of another young girl. Ellen's performance is nothing short of astonishing: she goes from quietly demure and submissive to fiercely, explosively violent within seconds. Given that the movie is essentially a two-person play, it's a laudable feat that a relative newcomer can carry most of the it so handily. Hard Candy is one of the most intense and disturbing movies you're likely to ever see, and Ellen Page is a large part of the reason why.


If you paid close attention, you also saw her turn up in X-Men: The Last Stand, playing Kitty Pryde.

And next month, she'll likely up the ante in her career when Juno hits theaters. Ellen plays the title character -- a razor-sharp and worldly teenage girl who winds up pregnant and makes a level-headed decision not only to have the baby but to give it to a couple who can't have children of their own. The movie's already earning raves from critics for its humor and heart, and many are convinced that it will make Ellen Page a household name.

I'm really hoping that's true.

Anything to bring a little dignity and a lot of talent back to the young actress mantle.

(Watch the trailer for Juno)

10 comments:

Amanda said...

When I read that Jason Bateman, Michael Cera AND Rainn Wilson are in that, that won me over right then and there. But it was Ellen Page's performance in the preview that sealed the deal. I can't wait to see this film. Home-skillet. ;)

Caren said...

Glad to see you admiring genuine talent...

Just don't let Adam take you over to the dark side of borderline pedophilia.

VOTAR said...

Eh....


She's no Mary Woronov.

Chez said...

Few are.

deep.down.trauma.hound said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE ELLEN PAGE.

THANK YOU!

Chez said...

And I love the Skinny Puppy reference. Bless you sir.

garbledxmission said...

She got her start in a Canadian series called Trailer Park Boys. She plays the daughter of a former police officer turned drunken homosexual trailer park manager who's also dating a former male prostitute with a burger fetish and a medicine ballesque stomach.

Danny said...

'Hard Candy' was one of the first DVD's I ever got through NetFlix and I was captivated by Ellen and I recommend the movie to anyone, especially if you are looking for something a little different. I saw the Xmen movie, though somewhat passively, and I knew I liked something about Kitty...now I know why! I didn't realize it was HER!

thrILL! said...

Ellen Page is great but if you liked Juno, you'd prolly like the writing on Bynes' What I like about You. Slept-on by many but outstanding chemistry and writing delivered.

Hating on Fanning too? C'mon how can you not like her?

Put the 3 of them in a movie and call it St. Elmo's Fire 2. Ha ha.

dankotabernacle said...

After watching Juno, I was hooked on the wit and talent that was the screen-play and excecuted exceptionally by Ellen.

I did a little research and found a seemingly obscure film (Hard Candy) and was completely blown away by this movie strictly based on dialogue. Once again Ellen did an amazing job. I really like how she choses roles that esteem the intellectual side of women (and teens) and does a more than convincing job. I can not wait to see more movies by this talent-rich Canadian actress!