Since Angelina Jolie’s better half is in three redbox movies (Kalifornia, Megamind, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), on top of executive-producing three others currently gracing kiosks (Eat Pray Love, The Time Traveler’s Wife, and Kick-Ass), I thought it was high time to discuss the best Brad Pitt movies to date. Here are my five favorites:
5) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Some people were unnerved by this tale of a man “born under unusual circumstances” — unusual in that he ages backwards. But I loved its message, and feel that even though the chemistry wasn’t quite what it should have been between Pitt and Cate Blanchett, the task of making Benjamin a believable character was not an easy one to pull off. The fact that I never questioned poor Benjamin’s lot in life is a testament to Pitt’s dramatic chops, which are often forgotten in the face of his, er, face.
4) Ocean’s Eleven – Sure, the Ocean’s movies were clearly excuses for a bunch of A-list actor buddies to hang out and goof off in major cities around the world, but they’re still incredibly fun to watch. And the character of Rusty Ryan embodies what I can only imagine the majority of us assume Pitt is like in real life: too cool for school.
3) Seven – This horror-thriller from director David Fincher disturbed me so much and made me so sick to my stomach that one viewing during its 1995 theatrical run was enough. But dammit if some of the worst images from the film haven’t stuck with me all these years. Including, of course, The Ending. Even though Seven wasn’t my cup of tea, there’s no denying that Pitt’s cocky and hyper David Mills was a perfect counter to Morgan Freeman’s just-let-me-retire-already Agent Somerset.
2) 12 Monkeys - Unlike Seven, which I don’t have any desire to see again, I think I’m about due for a 12 Monkeys re-watch (I know this one’s a favorite of many redblog readers as well). Here Pitt plays the mental patient Jeffrey Goines, who a time-traveling Bruce Willis suspects unleashed a deadly virus upon the world. Brad’s performance earned him an Academy Award nomination and his one and only Golden Globe win.
1) Fight Club – Another David Fincher-directed mind-bender, which — to me — is unquestionably my favorite Pitt film. There was no debate in my mind whatsoever that it would take the top spot. (It would also rank as my favorite Ed Norton movie, too, of course). Pitt IS Tyler Durden, the washboard-ab-bearing bad boy behind an organization that exists in secret for the sole purpose of allowing grown men to beat the crap out of each other while also making them feel guilty about buying stuff from IKEA.
I know there are some BIG Brad Pitt flicks that didn’t make the (my) cut, so let’s have it — what would you add/subtract/replace on this list?
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