Hot Take: So, apparently, I’m a huge Ethan Hawke fan and never knew it. Another excellent adaptation of a Nick Hornby novel.
When I really think about my favorite films over time, ones featuring Ethan Hawke frequently enter the conversation. There’s, of course, Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy which all three films would make my Top 100 of all-time should I ever conceive such a think. (Confession: I’ve conceived it and can’t find my notes but know they’re somewhere.) There are others that would contend to make the list as well: Reality Bites and Training Day are right near the Top 100 if they aren’t on it. (If I could only find those damn notes!!!) I’m not as much of a fan of Boyhood as others are but he was the best part of the film, in my opinion. I liked his turn as Hamlet. 2013’s Getaway is a terrible movie but it’s a guilty pleasure of mine and, lo and behold, who’s in that film? Yes, Selena Gomez is in it but Ethan Hawke is there, too. (Plus, there’s that amazing customized Shelby Mustang.) In recent years, since launching MHT, I’ve liked Hawke in Maggie’s Plan, The Magnificent Seven, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and he was my selection for Best Actor for the first half of the year for his role in First Reformed. Let’s face it, I really dig Ethan Hawke. What’s surprising is usually an actor with that type of pedigree and that level of affinity for his performances leads to me having ridiculously high expectations for any movie featuring him or her (*COUGH* Matthew McConaughey *COUGH*) and usually being disappointed (*COUGH* White Boy Rick *COUGH*). Yet with Juliet, Naked, the latest Nick Hornby novel converted to the big screen, my expectations were moderate to low. Fortunately, the film featuring Rose Byrne, Hawke and Chris O’Dowd blew away those expectations and made for what is likely to be the best romantic comedy of 2018. Read More →