Did you forget that I even had a blog?
Or assume that I’d forgotten that I had a blog?
Or that I had possibly died and left my blog forever?
Never fear! I have not forgotten about my blog and I am still very much alive. One month and two days ago I married my best friend and we have been having the time of our lives adjusting to this grand new adventure called marriage. Hence the complete and total absence of any blog posts for the last five months. From December 24th onward my life has been packed with wedding plans, a new job, house hunting, car searching, dinner dates, prayer, invitation-writing, decision-making and more gifts than I can count (both emotional/spiritual as well as physical gifts like pots and pans, quilts and frames).
And then of course there was the wedding itself!
I have never been happier in my entire life!
I also have never been busier (balancing a full time job and housework), so I’m sorry that I have completely neglected Hope Writer Blog for so long. I can’t promise when I’ll have time to post again, but I’m going to try to do at least some short-and-sweet posts just to keep things going on my site. My good friend and fellow blogger Heidi (whom I got to meet in person for the first time at my wedding!!) has tagged me in a “Ten Favorite Film Characters” post on her blog, and I just couldn’t pass it up. I’m all about lists, all about favorites, and all about film characters.
But with so many awesome movie characters in the world it’s SO hard to choose! I did my best, though, to narrow them down for this post. (Disclaimer – Please keep in mind that just because I love these characters and movies does not mean that I recommend them unreservedly to everyone. There are parts I skip or things I disagree with in all these films, so take everything with a grain of salt and remember that opinions vary in movie-watching and story-loving, as with anything else in life.) So without further ado, and in no particular order, here are my answers!
Aragorn from the Lord of the Rings
I could list dozens of awesome characters from this trilogy, but in the movies at least, Aragorn takes the cake. He is kingliness (and epicness) embodied.
Sherlock Holmes from Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Robert Downey Jr. is the actor who introduced me to the whole Sherlock world, got me obsessed with the character and stories, and who will always be Holmes to me. He’s so brilliant and quirky, just the way that Holmes is in the books.
Tony Stark from Iron Man
I’m hesitant to include Stark because he’s now become such a fan-crazed Marvel icon, which in my opinion kind of waters down his original character. The plethora of new Marvel movies that have come out are great fun and I’ve enjoyed almost all of them. I love getting to see Stark in any new movie that comes out, but it seems like Tony’s original character, complexity and depth get a bit shallower with each new film he’s in. So when I say that he’s one of my top ten favorites, I mean that Tony Stark from the original Iron Man movie is my favorite. It’s one of my favorite movies of all time, precisely because Stark’s character (and Downey’s portrayal of him) is so rich, funny, moving and powerful.
Grace from Return to Me
Return to Me is one of my long-time favorite movies – it has the perfect blend of humor and sadness, drama and light-heartedness. It’s perfectly acted – it’s one of those movies that doesn’t even feel like a movie because everyone is so natural! Grace is such a wonderful character. She’s such a genuine, kind, lovely person. I love how feminine she is (for years I’ve been drawn to clothes that remind me of Grace’s style) and how normal she is. All of the times she puts her foot in her mouth or does something awkward makes me laugh so much because I do similar things all the time; I can see myself in her in many ways.
Walter from Second Hand Lions
Walter is so cute, and innocent, and tragic all at the same time in this story. I love how he blossoms from being an uptight, nervous wreck to being a confident young man. And all because of those two awesome, crazy old uncles. 🙂 (While I’m on the subject, I’ve got to mention one of my other favorite characters that Haley Joel Osment plays: Cole Sear from The Sixth Sense.
He is such a crazy-good actor in that one! I love Michael Caine and all, but Osment totally should have gotten the Academy Award that year instead of Caine. Just saying.)
Sam Hall from The Day After Tomorrow
The Day After Tomorrow is one of my favorite movies. It’s so brilliantly acted, well-crafted and intense. Sam is a great character because he’s one of those heroes who has “greatness thrust upon him”. He’s a normal high-schooler who happens to be put into a situation where his leadership could mean life or death to those around him, and he rises to the occasion beautifully.
Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
OK, I know I’ll probably get some raised eyebrows for this one. Jack is one of those characters who started off as a fascinating, stunningly original, unique character, but whose popularity led to his own downfall as a character. He’s such a classic movie character now that he’s become terribly cliched and (to be honest) quite cheesy just a few short years after his origination. But, setting all that aside, as the original character in the original film he is nothing short of amazing. I love that even though I’ve seen Curse of the Black Pearl over and over again, his complexity still defies my ability to pin him down. He’s a pirate, but he’s also a good man and a hero. He’s a genius, but he’s also crazy. Most fascinating of all to me is that he cannot be fazed by anything. He’s very cool under pressure and witty to boot.
Harry Potter in the Harry Potter series
Yet another character on my favorites list who has been watered down and cliched within a few short years of his introduction to the world! But regardless of how much annoyance or childishness has been attached to Potter thanks to super-fans and hype, I absolutely love Harry as a character. Of course he’s so much deeper in the books, but Dan Radcliffe did a great job portraying him in the films. Harry is very relatable, very flawed, very human, and yet he’s incredibly heroic. He embodies true heroism by the end of the series – doing what is right despite fear, opposition and overwhelming odds.
Flynn Rider from Tangled
Snow White from Snow White and the Huntsman
Sadly, there are precious few female characters that I love in films. They usually fall to one of two extremes – frilly and faint, or feministic and hard. Snow White is one of those rare women in film who is the perfect balance between the two extremes. She is refreshingly pure and innocent, full of compassion and a love of beauty and goodness. But when the time comes for her to fight, lead and even kill, she does so fearlessly and nobly. I love that she feels a Christlike mercy and pity for her most horrific enemies; it’s so rare and beautiful to see that in a movie.
And last but not least, I have to throw in one extra, eleventh character as a bonus. Walter Mitty.
I don’t even have words to describe how unique and wonderful and funny he is. Even though The Secret Life of Walter Mitty isn’t filled with action and battles and bad guys, Walter still undergoes a gradual transformation from careful and timid to fearless and confident throughout the film.
Thanks so much for tagging me Heidi!!
If you’re reading this, and you’re a blogger, then “tag, you’re it!” Consider yourself tagged. 🙂 If you do a post with your own answers, please let me know in the comments area – I’d love to read your post!