Twitter can get really confusing at times, especially when us movie fans start referring to movie stars by unofficial semi-abbreviate handles to save space. Case in point, I was spying on a twitter conversation (as is my wont) recently and it took me half an hour to realise that the ardent love for a J. Law that someone was espousing was NOT love for Jude Law. Imagine my horror (I jest) when I realised that it was in fact Jennifer Lawrence. Miss Lawrence, it seems has – in her fresh up-and-comer way – appropriated the handle formerly held by Jude. It’s probably all and well that I didn’t tweet an enthusiastic send-up to Jude in reply. That would have just been awkward for everyone.
BUT, it did get me thinking about the state of J. Law’s career. (The original one.) Back when Jude starred in those 6 films in 2004 (eat your heart out Jessica Chastain) his career seemed to be on an upward spiral but that was incidentally the signs of a career sputtering, it seems. He hasn’t had a prominent role worthy of his chops since then. And, no Sherlock Holmes does not count. Not remotely. It’s increasingly given me pause when I’ve been moved to confess that Jude is my favourite among the crowd of 30ish to 40ish actors (that ground of DiCaprio, Pitt, Fassbender, Phoenix, Depp etc). I could argue for his work in either Breaking and Entering and Contagion but other than that when I think of Jude as being one of my favourite contemporary performances it becomes an issue when I have to go back almost a decade for proof of his goodnesss.
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