10 Best Period Roles, According To IMDb

Robert Pattinson is the latest actor to take over from Bruce Wayne in Matt Reeves The Batman. Despite his artistic fame and extensive portfolio as a performer, comparisons are still being drawn between the new Batman and his first role as a romantic vampire in the dusk series adapted from the novel saga of Stephenie Meyer.

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The actor has since distanced himself from the role that blew up his career. It’s been a decade since he last played Edward Cullen, but he’s been through many other eras through the vintage footage he’s starred in since then. From famous explorers, painters, and photographers to fictional preachers and lighthouse keepers, these are the roles IMDb considers the best.

ten Queen of the Desert – 5.7/10

queen of the desert

The events of this film directed by Nicole Kidman take place during the last years of the Ottoman Empire. It’s a biopic that documents the life of Gertrude Bell, with a focus on the explorer’s romances — a move that was reviled by critics and best reflected in the film’s disappointing IMDb rating.

Pattinson portrays TE Lawrence AKA Lawrence of Arabia. Her playful performance wets this otherwise dry mapping of a complex character, as evidenced by the lighter scenes, such as when Bell and Lawrence share a drink in the desert.

9 Life – 6/10

The life

James Dean is one of the most iconic names from the 1950s to be immortalized in pop culture. In this film, however, the focus is not on Dean (Dane DeHaan), but on Dennis Stock, a young photographer who documented the rising star and produced some of his most famous images.

Stock is one of Pattinson’s most underrated roles. Despite its lack of recognition, Pattinson’s narration helps flesh out a moment in the story that is largely remembered in the stills.


8 Waiting for the Barbarians – 6/10

Waiting for the barbarians

This adaptation of JM Coetzee’s novel follows an anonymous magistrate (Mark Rylance), a loyal servant of the British Empire, who experiences a conflict of conscience when he testifies to the Empire’s cruel interrogation and treatment of its victims. .

In it, Pattinson stars alongside Rylance and Johnny Depp (a colonial oppressor) as one of the film’s main supporting characters. Unlike the conscientious magistrate who precedes him, Officer Mandel is the personification of colonial values ​​and is blindly committed to the cause he serves. Unfortunately, the film leaves little room for Pattinson to fully bring the character to life.

7 Little Ashes – 6.4/10

This Spanish-British romance is set against the backdrop of the events leading up to the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939. It’s a tragic love story, documenting the supposed romantic relationship between poet Frederico García Lorca (Javier Beltran) and surrealist painter Salvador Dalí.

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The subject is handled with care and sophistication by everyone involved in its production. Pattinson’s performance as Dalí is poetry; it channels the angsty artist to paint a vivid picture of a private moment in history while remaining sensitive to the subject matter.

6 The Lost City of Z – 6.6/10

The character Major Percival Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) is based on a real British explorer who disappeared while searching for a lost city in the Amazon in the 1920s. The Lost City of Z is a biographical account of adventure, based on the book of the same name by David Grann.

Pattinson is unrecognizable as Henry Costin, who accompanies Fawcett on his Amazon mission. Although he plays the sidekick, he steals hearts with this portrayal of the likable character. It’s no surprise that many viewers confessed that it’s hard not to favor Costin over the film’s central character.

5 Water for Elephants – 6.9/10

Some water for the elephants is a love story based on the historical novel by Sara Gruen. Although the events are fictional, the setting in which they take place offers an eye-opening depiction of circus life in the 1930s. Pattinson takes the romantic lead as the studious Jacob Jankowski, who abandons his veterinary training to join the circus in as a resident veterinarian.

This archetypal character has become recognizable to audiences as one that recurs in Pattinson’s back catalog. Obviously, this is the one he perfected through practice; the magnetism between Jacob and Marlena (Reese Witherspoon) and their relationship with performance animals illuminates this Depression-era piece.

4 Remember Me – 7.1/10

It’s not clear until his last moments that Remember me concerns the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. References to the event are oblique, while the body of the plot focuses on the romance between protagonists Ally Craig (Emilie de Ravin) and nihilist Tyler Hawkins.

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Pattinson’s Hawkins is sensitive and intelligent, but also misguided and misunderstood. His dissent is a harbinger of the disdain, fear and futility felt across the country, and indeed the world, in the wake of the attacks. Despite criticism that the twist is unnecessary, Remember me earned itself a very respectable IMDb rating.

3 The devil all the time – 7.1/10

the devil all the time

The star the devil all the time is a disturbing adaptation of Donald Ray Pollock’s 2011 Southern Gothic novel. Its plot spans a generation, following a chilling set of characters from the end of World War II through the 1960s.

The fake preacher, Reverend Preston Teagardin, completely turns the public perception of the actor upside down. No longer the idol or hopeless romantic, Pattinson’s preacher is corrupt and repulsive, and he uses his power to prey on young girls. This role allowed him to exert his sinister side to deliver a performance that was both chilling and enticing.

2 The King – 7.3/10

The success of Netflix The king is part biopic, part Shakespearean adaptation. It focuses on the reluctant rise of King Henry V (an impressive depiction by Timothée Chalamet) and culminates in the famous Battle of Agincourt. Although the film is critically acclaimed, it has been criticized by historians for its inaccuracies, both historical and regarding the plays from which it is adapted.

Having grown accustomed to seeing Pattinson in 20th-century settings, it’s refreshing to see him take on the French Dauphin in this medieval epic. He has fun with the role and brings a bit of vibrancy to the heavy picture, with some of the film’s toughest critics saying he’s the only reason to watch The king.

1 The Lighthouse – 7.4/10

Robert Pattinson in The Lighthouse

It is not surprising that the atmospheric function A24 Lighthouse takes first place. This is an artistic depiction of two lonely lighthouse keepers struggling to maintain their sanity on a remote New England island.

In the 1890s, performances by Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe added color to this black-and-white horror. The former was praised in particular for its hammer-like portrayal of the figure in isolation and coming undone. Admittedly, the grip on his performance tightens like that of Thomas Howard loosens on reality in the face of this maritime nightmare.

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