Oscar winner and with another nomination for the biggest award in cinema under her belt, the young star Anne Hathaway was on top of the world as one of the “owners” of Hollywood in the middle of the last decade. Since then, however, her career seems to have gone off the rails. There are at least five consecutive productions that became critical and/or box office failures starring the talented actress in the last five years, without Hathaway achieve a single success in that time. So, here in our new article, we will revisit the career of this renowned performer and take a closer look at her misguided choices in recent years. Check it out below.
Anne Jacqueline Hathaway is a native of Brooklyn, New York, and began her screen career in 1999 alongside Jesse Eisenberg on the Serie getting real (Get Real), at 17 years old. The show did not take off and was canceled right after its first season, but the fate of Hathaway was set and she went on to star in what would be the gateway to fame: the children’s Princess’ diary (2001), by Disney – which last year completed 20 years of release. With this we can see that Hathaway has been active on the big screen for two decades, making her one of the most experienced names of her generation.
Three years after its revelation, and the actress is still “stuck” in innocent roles in productions aimed at the whole family, such as An Enchanted Girl and the continuation of Princess’ diary. It was also around this time, in 2004, that Hathaway, a highly rated soprano from New York, was in contention for the role of Christine in the musical. The Phantom of the Opera (2004), of Joel Schumacherbut scheduling conflicts made her give up the character, which ended up in the hands of Emmy Rossum.
To avoid stereotyping in child characters, Hathaway decided to dare and demonstrate that she was already a woman, and no longer a girl – as Hollywood saw her at the time. Thus, in 2005 came more risky and dramatic roles in works such as girls without direction (where he faced his first nude scenes) and Brokeback Mountain’s Secret – both performances earning praise for the actress. After the new onslaught came the second major turning point in Anne Hathaway’s career: The devil Wears Prada (2006) – film in which he acted alongside the irreproachable Meryl Streep and for which she is still remembered to this day. The feature became a phenomenon and would serve to mark the great success of the actress’s career – perhaps to this day.
The performance range of Anne Hathaway it was open and she was still facing challenging characters. From there it was a step towards his first nomination for the highest award in cinema, the Oscar, which took place at the age of 27, ten years after his debut on the small screen, in 2009 with Rachel’s Weddingwhere she plays a troubled young woman who lives in and out of rehab clinics, and needs to stay “clean” and out of trouble for her older sister’s marriage.
Superstar status rose from there, and soon Anne Hathaway was everywhere, whether as a decoy in comedies and novels (see War brides, Love’s comings and goings, Love and Others drugs e One day), dubbing in famous animations (see Rio) or as part of blockbuster blockbusters (Alice in Wonderland, by Tim Burton). And in this climb we can say that the actress sat on top of the world in 2012; first for being elected the new Catwoman of cinema, succeeding the unparalleled Michelle Pfeiffer – but not only that, as it would enter the most prestigious universe of dark Knight created by Christopher Nolan, at the conclusion of the trilogy in The dark Knight Rises. And best of all, Hathaway didn’t look bad in the anti-hero’s skin. In the same year, thinner and more haggard (having lost weight for the role), the star would deliver the performance that would earn her an Oscar win, as the long-suffering Fantine in the operatic musical The miserable.
It would have been Anne Hathaway, like so many before her, victim of the so-called “Oscar curse”? Well, not necessarily, since after his victory, the star followed in productions that became critical and / or public success – some of which are praised to this day, such as Interstellar (in new partnership with Nolan) e A Mr Intern (a The devil Wears Prada in reverse). The actress’ career would start to go off the rails about five years ago, in 2016. During this period, she would participate in the continuation of Alice in Wonderland (Alice Through the Looking Glass), blockbuster that almost no one paid attention to, and Colossal, high-concept drama that mixes independent cinema with giant monster movies. The idea is good, but it resulted in a little seen and quickly forgotten feature.
The worst was yet to come, however. After the reception at least lukewarm (not to say cold) and the lack of chemistry of the weight cast in Eight Women and a Secret (2018) – all-female reimagining for the franchise of Eleven men and a secret -, which drained the possibility of a sequel down the drain; Hathaway would feel the weight of the year 2019 in his career. First the star would star in the incomprehensible calm – pseudo noir thriller that promised an interesting premise but would yield the most negatively ecstatic twist in recent years; not least by becoming a must in the lists of the worst of recent times. Then it would be the turn of the remake without energy, without soul, without heart, without gas and, the worst, without grace the cheaters – reformulation of the bastards (1988), which once again replaces the male cast with the female, and places Hathaway in yet another partnership without any chemistry (this time with Rebel Wilson) and in an extremely forced and disinterested action.
With three flops in a row, the career of Hathaway been taking damage and not even good movies like The Price of Truth would make it take a new breath – especially here as this is a vehicle for Mark Ruffalo, in which many do not even remember the participation of the actress. Hathaway, unfortunately, would not have room to maneuver – as he would go ahead with projects such as The Last Thing He Wanted – despised by critics (again appearing on many worst lists) and snubbed by the public – the cult remake witches’ convention (equally ignored, even with the direction of the prestigious Robert Zemeckis); and ending (so far) the “black cloud” phase, Locked Down – the film “about confinement”, which we spent during social isolation due to Covid-19. The pioneering idea to talk about the topic, a release for HBO Max, resulted in a new shrug from the public and scorn from the critics.
In this period of “skinny cows” for his filmography, one of the few hits was the episode “Take me as I am, Whoever I am” from the series Modern Love (2019), in which Anne Hathaway plays a young woman suffering from disorders resulting from depression.
A tactic that the star could apply in her career to better tame the unpredictability of the results of her productions was the one used by her colleague Reese Witherspoon. At a low point with her films in cinema, Witherspoon decided to “get her hands dirty” and through her production company hand-selected the projects she would be involved in. And for that, the actress had to turn to TV, as good roles for women on the big screen were increasingly scarce. thus were born Big Little Lies, Small Fires Everywhere e The Morning Show – three big hits bankrolled and starring Witherspoon (and great cast) for platforms like HBO, Hulu (in Brazil Amazon) and Apple. With the undertaking Witherspoon regained her prestige as one of the current queens of Hollywood and will return to the big screen soon with Legally Blonde 3 full of morals
Anne Hathaway has also produced his own feature films, but his choices were for works of independent cinema that went unnoticed by the public and did not cause the planned impact (the ignored A song and the aforementioned Colossal). Soon, Hathaway will be able to try again with The Lifeboat, a dream project for the actress, which she has been trying to get off the ground for some time. Produced and starring by her, it is an adaptation of the book by Charlotte Hogan about a woman going on trial for murder, and recounting her experience as a shipwreck survivor – the problem is that the lifeboat was carrying too many people. Other than that, it will also be in the next film of James Graythe director of Ad Astra – Towards the Stars, to be released this year. it’s about the drama Armageddon Timea coming-of-age story set in 1980s Queens. May good winds come and breathe new life into the career of this talented young actress.