Wednesday, January 11, 2012

WOMAN OF THE WEEK: CHLOE GRACE MORETZ

To the right of this text is the face of a girl that has been proving herself time and time again across numerous genres, but she got her start like most great actresses, in the world of horror.  At only fourteen years old, Chloë Grace Moretz has 39 acting roles to her name and was recently voted the "Favorite Movie Star Under 25" over the four main castmates of the Harry Potter films at the People's Choice Awards.  With her should be trademarked buxom lips and expressive eyes, Moretz has taken on (and completely owned) a vast majority of roles and showed her acting chops each and every time.  Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the new face of a screen starlet.  The difference between Moretz and most of the child actors in her age range, is that she possesses the acting talent to pass the puberty funk and transcend into a highly respected adult actress. Not many child stars can make the leap, but Chloë is well on her way to doing so.  She is highly respected for her decisions to play unconventional and challenging roles and even more so for portraying them with such prowess and elegance. However, we mustn't forget her roots. Let us take a journey back to where she got her start.

At only eight years old, Chloë Grace Moretz held her own alongside powerhouse performers Melissa George and Ryan Reynolds as the youngest of the Lutz children, Chelsea.  She may have won over audiences with her adorable little voice and big blue eyes, but it was her innate ability to convey innocence in the most horrific of circumstances that proved she was far more than a cute little girl.  Moretz's character was a beacon of supernatural activity and the sole individual able to see the ghostly little girl, Jodie.  She did her own stunts, her own screams, and easily gave the most believable of all of the performances in the remake.  Yes, Ryan Reynold's abs were shown up by an eight year old.

Fast forward a few years, and you can spot Moretz in the horror films Room 6, Wicked Little Things, Hallowed Ground, and The Eye.  It was in 2010 that Moretz earned herself a spot in the geeky fankid's hall of fame with her performance as "Hit-Girl" in the superhero flick, Kick-Ass. Adorable, mouthy, heavily armed, and highly combative, Moretz blew audiences away with her insane action moves and line delivery.  I'm sorry, but not every 11 year old can pull off the line "Show's over motherfuckers" while retaining some badassery.  Moretz did it with strength and conviction.  I've yet to see a superhero movie since the release of Kick-Ass showcase even a fraction of the impressive factor of Hit-Girl.

As one of the biggest self proclaimed fangirls of Let The Right One In, my heart broke when they announced the American remake in the works.  The only thing that kept me somewhat sane was knowing they had cast Moretz as my beloved Eli. A good friend of mine said it best, "the only problem with Let Me In is that Let The Right One In exists." I have to agree. Moretz may have been far too female and conventionally beautiful for Eli, but she acted the hell out of the role.  She gave a beautifully executed performance and deserves any and all praise given to her. She kept the heart of a character fans the world over cherish, and I admire her for staying true to something I hold so near and dear to my heart.

Ladies and Germs, this is what staying power looks like.  Now, I'm not about to be the one who says that many child stars rest solely on their cute looks and tiny voices, (I'm looking at you Fanning Sisters) but this is the real deal.  My only hope is that Chloë Grace Moretz never forgets what helped skyrocket her to the fame she has and keeps a loving relationship with the horror genre.  One of my biggest complaints about modern horror is the inability for anyone to cast an actress for something more than her face and body, and Chloë is the total package.  We as horror fans should be encouraging more casting decisions like this and maintain some clout within the film community by producing films with quality performances instead of relying on FX and jump scares.  She's got a bright future ahead of her and I cannot wait to see what else she comes up with.  Her next role in "our realm" will be in the Tim Burton gothic/myster film Dark Shadows out May of 2012.

1 comment(s):

Marvin the Macabre said...

Right on. Chloe is the reason I prefer Let Me In to the original (but just barely).

And now I'm going to have to go back and rewatch that crappy Amityville remake just to see her performance.

I think you're wrong about the Fannings, but to each her own. In any case, you're right about Chloe and her bright future. I can't wait to see her become the greatest actress of her generation (oh wait, she's already there).

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