PG Cooper: Best Hero and Best Villain (2012)

Posted: January 19, 2013 by Daniel Simpson (PG Cooper) in PGCMAs

PGCMA 2012

*The above image represents 2011’s PGCMA Best Picture winner; Drive.

Best Hero

Ben Affleck, Argo– Tony Mendez didn’t have any personal connection to the terrorists being held in Iran, but he still risked his life with a bold and insane plan which worked better than anyone could have imagined. The fact that Mendez is a real person just makes it all the more triumphant.

Christian Bale, The Dark Knight Rises– I have a lot of issues with The Dark Knight Rises and the way Batman was written. That said, Christian Bale still gives a strong performance. Conveying pain, loss, and sorrow, but also redemption and hope, Bale is so strong that I almost forget some of the horrid writing decisions…almost.

Daniel Craig, Skyfall– Craig’s Bond is still as cool as ever, but with Skyfall he’s put in a position where he’s lost a stop. Craig does a great job playing Bond as a slick badass, but he also makes Bond a very human and relatable person.

Robert Downey Jr., The Avengers– Robert Downey Jr. is fantastic as Iron Man, and has been since day one. What makes his performance in The Avengers so strong is that he pays off the character development that had been building in the first Iron Man (and which was ignored in Iron Man 2).

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Looper– Joe starts off in Looper as a scum bag and an opportunist. But by the end of the film he’s someone who is able to see a greater good beyond himself. It’s a nice arc which is well written and Joseph Gordon-Levitt does a great job.

And The Winner Is…

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Robert Downey Jr., The Avengers

AvengersI find Tony coming to grips with his responsibilities very satisfying and I love his interaction with the other team members. Also, how can you not love Robert Downey Jr. in the role? He’s so incredibly fun to watch.

Best Villain

Javier Bardem, Skyfall– Bardem’s Silva is one of the best Bond villains ever, and probably the best since Sean Bean’s turn in Goldeneye. Bardem is charismatic and fun, but is also very threatening and contains depth. Great character and a very fun performance.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained– DiCaprio is an extremely talented actor and it’s a lot of fun to watch him play such a different type of villain. Calvin Candie is a villain so charming you can’t help but like him, and yet so vile you hate yourself for it.

Tom Hiddleston, The Avengers– I thought Hiddleston was great in Thor and I was pumped to see him return in The Avengers. He’s definitely more evil than in Thor, which is fun to see, but I also like how Hiddleston is able to maintain a level of sympathy. I do think the character himself becomes a non-threat as the film goes on, but I still dig the performance.

Guy Pearce, Lawless– Though the actual character is pretty one dimensional, Guy Pearce still gave a highly entertaining performance as the central antagonist. He’s creepy, charismatic, and brutal. Cool villain.

Benicio del Toro, Savages– Benicio del Toro is great at playing villains even if he doesn’t play them too frequently. This is his first villainous role since Sin City, and it’s great to see him back at it. His character in Savages is brutally violent and disturbing but also laugh-out-loud funny. He may not be the most nuanced character, but del Toro sure was fun to watch.

And The Winner Is…

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Javier Bardem, Skyfall

skyfall-posterWhen it comes down to it, Bardem just had all the qualities a great villain needs. His character is well-written, well performed, menacing, and has an interesting relationship with the hero. No other villain shined so brightly in so many different aspects.

Comments
  1. vinnieh says:

    Excellent post, totally agree with your choice of Bardem.

  2. Great post, and excellent choices. :)

  3. Nice choice on Bardem… I’ll try to get you the address where you can mail in your “Bond Fan” card though for picking Downey. LOL

    • pgcooper1939 says:

      Part of it comes down to the fact that Downey is the best Iron Man ever and Craig isn’t the best Bond ever. Granted, Downey doesn’t have a lot of competition for that title, but still.

  4. ianthecool says:

    I like Iron Man as much as the next guy, but I don’t think his arc was nearly as satisfying as Batman’s.

  5. Niejan says:

    Agree with Bardem as the best villain, but I’d go for Wayne as the hero. Nolan’s portrayal of Bale is much more stronger than Whedon’s Stark.

  6. Niejan says:

    Of course I meant to say Nolan’s Wayne. XD

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