After her first Oscar nomination this year for her supporting work in Jane Campion’s The power of the dog Now seems like the perfect time to revisit Jesse Plemons’ outstanding filmography thus far. He’s an actor who constantly gets involved in impressive projects, and that streak only seems to continue.
Despite his debut on NBC Friday night lights, many will remember seeing Plemons for the first time as secondary antagonist Todd in Breaking Bad. It was a role that made a huge impression on the show and proved his impressive range as an actor.
ten Other People (2016) – 67
The other people is a compelling drama/comedy centered around Plemons’ character, David, a struggling comedy writer who returns to his childhood home to care for his ailing mother. However, his transition to his parents’ house is far more difficult than he imagined, often leaving him questioning his own well-being.
Like many of Plemons’ roles, David’s character is extremely interesting and complex which gives the actor many material to work with. He really owns the character, constantly taking a new and original approach to the ever-unpredictable story.
9 The Servant (2014) – 68
Tommy Lee Jones is both star and director The domestic, a historical western that tells the story of Mary Bee Cuddy, a frontier farmer who asks a man indebted to her to help transport her and three other women to safe haven in Iowa.
Although Plemons only plays a small role in the film, he still manages to impress whenever he’s onscreen. The film takes on its central themes with a surprisingly philosophical approach, leading many to label the film a “feminist western.”
8 Black Mass (2015) – 68
Directed by Scott Cooper, Black Mass is a crime/drama film that chronicles the rise of gangster Whitley Bulger, expertly played by Johnny Depp. Plemons plays Kevin Weeks, Bulger’s longtime friend and mob lieutenant in this true story.
It wasn’t the first time Plemons had taken on the role of such a detestable and morally corrupt character, but there’s something about his acting style that makes him feel almost made for the role. Every second he’s on screen, you can’t help but feel intimidated by him and afraid of him.
7 El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) – 72
In retaliation for his iconic role as Todd of breaking Bad, Jesse Plemons absolutely steals the show every time he appears in this prequel movie. The film takes place directly after the events of breaking Bad‘s finale, detailing Jesse’s escape after his final confrontation with Todd and Jack.
Although they only appear in flashback sequences, the shockwaves of Todd’s influence on the series reverberate to the present day, detailing the effect his neglect had on Jesse’s psyche. . The Camino maybe not as exciting as breaking Bad never been, but it’s a more than welcome addition to the story.
6 I’m Thinking Of Ending Things (2020) – 78
Written and directed by Charlie Kaufman, I’m thinking of ending things is an extremely unusual and cerebral film that focuses on the relationship between Plemons’ character, Jake, and Jessie Buckley’s character, Lucy. The film is extremely thought-provoking and offers a truly shocking insight into Kaufman’s warped perception of passing time.
In perhaps one of his most underrated films, Plemons delivers what might be his best performance yet. The way he navigates Jake’s mind is nothing short of genius, taking the role in directions no one else would ever think of. The thriller is one of the few hidden gems on Netflix, and it’s worth watching Plemons and Buckley on its own.
5 The Post Office (2017) – 83
by Steven Spielberg The post office is an investigative thriller that tells the story of the Washington Post’s publication of the Pentagon Papers, allowing them to uncover long-buried secrets about the Vietnam War. It’s certainly one of Spielberg’s most mature and unspectacular films, but the way it navigates its difficult history is thrilling to watch.
There are few directors who can tell a story as entertainingly and accurately as Steven Spielberg, and that’s certainly true with The post office. It turns what could have been a boring, monotonous story into an intense mystery that the audience solves with the characters on screen.
4 Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) – 85
One of star Daniel Kaluuya’s best films, and the one that won him his first Oscar last year, Judas and the Black Messiah tells the thrilling true story of Fred Hampton and the FBI investigation that attempted to silence his revolutionary protests. Plemons and her co-star Lakeith Stanfield provide performances that make the film one of the best of the year and one of the most thought-provoking dramas in a long time.
The film was nominated for Best Picture at the 2021 Oscars and also won recognition for its screenplay and cinematography. What makes the film so special and powerful is that it treats its characters like the real people they were, providing multifaceted insight into their lives and never succumbing to stereotypes or myths surrounding their actions.
3 The Master (2012) – 86
by Paul Thomas Anderson The master was one of Plemons’ first major projects outside of Friday night lights and breaking Bad, and it’s hard to imagine a more impressive sequel to his early career. The film follows Joaquin Phoenix’s character, Freddie, who joins a religious movement called The Cause in order to deal with the fallout of post-war society.
The master is hailed by many critics as one of Paul Thomas Anderson’s best films – and that’s high praise considering the quality of his entire filmography. The film has an extremely rich and thoughtful storyline that sparks many interesting ideas about the power of religion, which PTA navigates behind the camera with startling authenticity.
2 The Power of the Dog (2021) – 89
Although Jane Campion The power of the dog may not have been audiences’ most beloved film last year, it topped many critics’ lists and maintained its momentum as a best picture favorite this year. With all four stars of the film – Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee – nominated for their performances, it’s clear the film resonated extremely strongly with many.
The film offers an extremely fresh and original take on the Western genre, revealing the toxic masculinity and pent up emotions that are so often present in this genre of films. The script is one that uncovers more and more surprises every time you watch the film, and Campion’s bold direction strongly highlights those ideas.
1 The Irishman (2019) – 94
by Martin Scorsese Irishman, while sitting comfortably in the crime/gangster genre, is wildly unlike anything the director has ever produced before. Although the first half is a thrilling examination of organized crime in New York, the film quickly becomes a surprisingly touching and insightful exploration of old age and how the actions of our past inevitably catch up with us.
The film features all-time great performances from Robert de Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, and an incredibly entertaining and compelling storyline that Scorsese brings to life with some truly thrilling action sequences and gripping monologues. That’s all that makes the iconic director’s films so great, clocking in at up to eleven hours and spanning over three thrilling hours – making it one of Scorsese’s finest films to date.
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