Karen Gillan celebrated her 35th birthday a few days ago. We take this opportunity to retrace her career by shedding light on the five most iconic films she has starred in.
The British actress was born on November 28, 1987 Karen Gillan. Before landing in the cinema, a sector in which he will leave an excellent mark especially as regards the plus component mainstream, still very young Gillan takes her first steps in the world of entertainment as a model. However, only thanks to her participation in the famous television series Doctor Who will be able to establish itself in the collective imagination.
What happens shortly thereafter is one of the most classic (but not to be underestimated) Hollywood cinematic paths. In fact, the interpreter begins to take his first steps in the Mecca of cinema on tiptoe, from the side door. Little by little he finds more and more space, more and more consensus until he reaches a high level of media and production recognition. With the occasion of her recent thirty-fifth birthday, we have therefore decided to retrace the five most important stages of the actress’s career in chronological order, at least so far.
1. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Although his career in the world of entertainment was already well underway, Guardians of the galaxy it is certainly the main title that Karen Gillan has to account for for having managed to win over the hearts of the spectators and the notebook of the producers’ paychecks. The film directed by James Gunn is in fact one of the happiest chapters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and within a short time manages to agree both critics and audiences, becoming almost a cult. Participating in this production therefore means creating an excellent business card, especially for Gillan who was not yet thirty at the time. In the film she plays Nebula, a very sinister character and largely connected with Thanos. The role may seem simple, in reality it is not easy to be able to withstand the impact of the leading heroes brought to the screen by Gunn, just as it is equally difficult to have to deal with a cast of primary importance which sees, among others, the presence of names such as Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Glenn Close, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper (although the latter two only lend their voices to their characters). Nebula instead, obviously thanks to Gillan’s charisma, he manages to emerge and become an added value of the film, so much so that his personal narrative story will touch the right chords of the audience, exciting them to the point of not being abandoned on stage as happened with many other characters who inhabited the Marvel universe for a short time, but pushing the creatives to keep it in mind for further returns. Including the very recent Christmas special we told you about in our review.
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2. The Big Short (2015)
Like it or not, the one written and directed by Adam McKay is one of the most curious and significant titles of the new millennium. The big bet it is a black comedy that knows very well that it is dealing with a complicated, bizarre subject far from the most popular taste, but for this very reason it plays all its cards by putting itself at the service of the public. In fact, the idea is to bring to the screen a carnival of grotesque masks, caricatured situations to the nth degree and characters who are largely out of the ordinary. All to try to tell in a breezy, amusing way and in the simplest but at the same time complete way possible, the great financial speculation at the basis of the 2008 economic crisis. McKay has very clear ideas, both on the style and on the tones to adopt. Above all, however, he seems very determined to surround himself with an exceptional cast to which he can also entrust roles that more than anything else we could define as cameos. In fact, beyond protagonists of the caliber of Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell and Christian Bale, there is also space for Margot Robbie, Selena Gomez, Marisa Tomei and, indeed, Karen Gillan. It doesn’t matter if her jokes cover a very small period of time, what matters is that she managed in a short time to get noticed at the highest levels of Hollywood production and to take part in a project that, even today, appears to be one of the most guessed and appreciated in contemporary cinema.
3. The Circle (2017)
Adapted from The circlea 2013 novel written by Dave Eggers, The Circle is a dystopian film that tries to think about the influence and invasiveness of social networks in the contemporary world. The themes at the center of the investigation are therefore the value of privacy, transparency without filters to be adopted on our personal bulletin boards and the exhausting obsession with control conveyed by the platforms capable of making even the most lucid of users lose their minds. The operation is undoubtedly fascinating, also because the high-voltage thriller patina works to return an enjoyable and magnetic product. However, the film did not receive the hoped-for success. In fact, the public has rightly noticed the lack of originality, not so much for the textual source at the basis of the work, but for the trajectories that are not so much in step with the times (especially after the unanimous success of a series like Black Mirror to which the film seems to refer more or less directly). Having said that, however, The Circle becomes an important step in Karen Gillan’s career who, little by little, is managing to find more and more acclaim and space within the film industry. In fact, although the protagonists of the film are Emma Watson and Tom Hanks, in this project Gillan sews on a significant character able to bring out her qualities.
4. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)
Technically it would be a sequel to the 1995 cult hit. Actually though Jumanji – Welcome to the Jungle it’s a real reboot. The one directed by Jake Kasdan is the update of a format that has worked abundantly in the past and that here wants to try to return to the big screen by adapting to the more contemporary world of play: no longer board games, but video games. Either for the nostalgia effect, or for the excellent balance between adventure and comedy, or for the more unique than rare alchemy that has established itself on stage between the protagonists (now we’re talking about it), the film has become a huge worldwide success , to the point of having launched the production of a saga dedicated to the franchise complete with gadgets, attractions in theme parks and so on. Karen Gillan is cast as the female lead in a group of bigwigs the size of Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black and Kevin Hart. By the way, this funny but perfectly functional assembly will also be mentioned in the section best team on screen during the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Award ceremony. If we needed further confirmation of the fact that the actress’s path had been immediately routed in the most correct way and that film after film, thanks to her talent and work on every single performance, the interpreter managed to gain more and more space in the spotlight then Jumanji – Welcome to the Jungle it is the confirmation.
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5.Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Participate in a project like Avengers: Endgame becomes a double source of credit for Karen Gillan. On the one hand, you may long remember taking part in the blockbuster film par excellence in the history of cinema (true, the battle with Avatars is always open, net of various relaunches and releases the two titles will face each other for a long time, but we understand each other). On the other hand, there is the satisfaction of having played a character who over the years has seen his consensus grow more and more among fans, so much so that he has carved out a first-rate role for himself (from a narrative and emotional point of view) in this last great Marvel waltz. Nebula will then also return to other projects after Endgame, just to further confirm this second aspect, but the charisma and the mark he left in the fabric of the Marvel universe and in the eyes and hearts of the spectators owes it more to this segment. Strengthened also by the success obtained with the experience of Jumanji, Karen Gillan becomes a drag engine to draw the audience into the hall. Despite her abundant make-up, her charisma and her performance are not limited but are a real added value to her character.