Recently, I feel like Anne Hathaway has gotten a lot of criticism, and I’m not entirely sure why. Maybe it’s because I watched a lot of her films throughout my life, but she’s a talented singer and actress who’s had quite the resume of roles. She’s been a princess in training, Little Red Riding Hood, a girl who turns into a cat, and Batman’s reluctant ally, Catwoman. While I have yet to see her performances in “Getting Married” and “The Dark Knight Returns”, there are five other films that showcase Hathaway’s ever maturing talent.
5. “The Princess Diaries” (2001)
To kick off this list, we look at the first film I saw Hathaway in and the one that probably started off her career, “The Princess Diaries”. The main reason I enjoyed the modern fairy tale of high school misfit turned princess Mia Thermopolis? The makeover scene, especially when the brush broke from her very wavy hair. Actually, this scene is second only to “Miss Congeniality” for the funniest scene regarding makeovers.
4. “Ella Enchanted” (2004)
While I hadn’t read the novel by Gail Carson Levine, this was one of my favourite films as a preteen. Not only did this fulfill my love for fantasy films taking place in the medieval era, but Hathaway’s performance as Ella was incredibly well done. Her character was a strong female protagonist, which was a very refreshing change from the usual dependent royalty.
3. “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006)
Looking back, this film is actually quite similar to “The Princess Diaries”: both were based upon novels released before them, and Hathaway’s character, Andy Sachs, is an aspiring journalist who doesn’t fit in to the prestigious Vogue magazine crowd. Sounds a bit like her experience as a Genovian Princess, right? Oh well, the film had playful humour, classy costumes, and gave a good look into the fashion and journalism industries.
2. “The Cat Returns” (2002)
This seems like one of her least known films, despite the fact it was released by the well-known anime house Studio Ghibli. While the film itself is similar to a lot of works produced through the eyes of the Miyazaki family, this is one of the very few animated film Hathaway is in along with the “Hoodwinked” films and “Family Guy Presents: It’s a Trap”. Either way, “The Cat Returns” contained the simple storyline about a young girl’s journey, and beautiful animation that Studio Ghibli is known for.
1. “Les Misreables” (2012)
Although this Oscar Winner was just released on DVD, this is Hathaway’s best performance to date. Sure, Fantine did not get a lot of screen time in comparison to Jean Val Jean (Hugh Jackman), or her daughter Cossette (Amanda Seyfried), but Hathaway’s portrayal captured her suffering and pain perfectly in her performance. Added to that, the film itself has stellar cinematography and a well-rounded musical ensemble belting their hearts out until the last note. After earning a Golden Globe and Oscar for her role, it will be interesting to see what character will be next on Hathaway’s resume.