The Best Movie Characters of the Decade

Remember I promised my “decade” posts? Well, it’s the end of December, so I guess it’s the right time for them. I guess most of them will be film related, not because I don’t read or listen music, but because the books I read and music I listen are, most of the time, created in the previous decades.

Oh, and btw, the decade started in 2001, so these all cover 2001-2010 period.

An important note: I put “the best” in title because it’s short… But it’s actually my favourite characters, regardless of their actual quality or the opinion other people have about them.

5. Joker

The best thing about “The Dark Knight” (and the only good thing about it, besides Gary Oldman with a mustache). And while a lot of the hype was generated after Ledger’s death, it would be unfair to say the character (or performance) didn’t deserve it. Joker was unique and a whole world for himself, and you could just feel there was always more about this character than meets the eye.

The best thing about him: The air of mystery, and the fact will probably never know the whole story, just add to the appeal.
The worse thing: While certainly memorable, one must admit part of the hype is due to Ledger’s death, so it’s impossible to determine exactly how much of an impact would character otherwise have.
Personal story: This is the only character on the list I don’t have a personal connection with; I put him solely because he’s really memorable on himself. The only thing I could share is the fact he made an otherwise overrated movie watchable for me.

4. Juno

What is great about Juno is that she is, obviously, not a realistic character… Yes she does seem like one. Sadly, there are not many female characters like her in media these days, particularly not those who encounter the problems she had in the movie. Juno has a perfect mix of a tomboyish charm and femininity.
The best thing about her: She is unique, and yet, it’s easy to identify with her.
The worst thing: Hype backlash. While Juno is certainly an adorable character, she is not as great as people claimed at one point.
Personal story: I admit it, one of the main reasons I like Juno is… She looks and acts like me. A lot. (Minus the teenage pregnancy thing). Some people don’t notice this, but it’s really rare to see a tomboy character who is, well, chose to how tomboy girls really are. So yes, you could say I got attached to the character a lot.

3. Jack Sparrow

Hands down, he’s my favourite male character of the decade. The fact he’s played by Johnny Depp (who I admired and… admired (if you know what I mean) for more than a decade). Jack Sparrow was so beautifully over the top and he stole the show in a second (remember, Pirates of the Caribbean were supposed to be all about Will and Elisabeth!)

The best thing about him: He made the world realize Johny Depp’s greatness. Way too much, perhaps. (To the point I miss his earlier, indie roles).
The worst thing: Lame sequels. The character got old fast.
Personal story: It was the summer of 2003 and I was really lonely. It sounds pretty lame, but Johnny Depp in heavy makeup sure made me feel a little better!

2. Kitten

A transgendered orphan on a search for mother, love and acceptance, who gets to meet many people (IRA members are just for start), but holds onto her unique world. It’s impossible not to like Kitten and hope she’ll be alright. Sometimes you cringe at her need to ignore the bad things, but at the end, you can’t help but liking her.

The best thing about her: Her innocence and optimism. Admittedly, sometimes it’s way too much, but you can’t help but like her and hope the things would eventually turn good for her.
The worst thing: Breakfast on Pluto was a fantastic film, but it wasn’t for everyone, so not many people got to see Kitten.
Personal story: I am really attached to this character because she reminds me of my grandmother (minus the transgender part). My grandmother had the same optimism, born out of despair. A lot of bad things happened to her (both of her sons died, for example), so she just learned to shut herself from the horrors around.

She was always smiling and talking about stuff such as clothes and makeup (she loved pink and funny music). It was annoying, this optimism of hers, because she was often blind to the real world around her, but it’s not like one fails to understand how she came to be like that. So it’s impossible to watch Kitten and not to see her in the character.

1. Amélie Poulain

My favourite character of the decade. I could dedicate several posts to her and the impact this movie had on me.
The best thing about her: She is unique, maybe even quirky, but it’s easy to relate to her.
The worst thing: Once again, the hype backlash. After the initial praise for the film and the character, people got a bit tired of Amélie. But it doesn’t mean she’s not a fantastic character.
Personal story: I’ve watched this film in 2002, during a lonely summer. Watching Amélie gave me so much hope. I’ve never seen a movie character so close to what I really was, whatever that meant. So Amélie has a special place in my heart.

Honorable mentions: Briony (Atonement), Sinéad (The Wind that Shakes the Barley), Gandalf (The Lord of the Rings), Sherlock Holmes, Snape (Harry Potter series).

6 thoughts on “The Best Movie Characters of the Decade

  1. Iva

    Amin za Džeka i Ameliju, draga. Amin! Obožavam ih. I moja mama je zavolela Džeka, evo ne može da se odlepi od TVa.

    Zašto je Snape SAMO honorable mention?

  2. Mira

    Dzeka igra Dzonidep!

    Snejp je upao tu jer je bilo mesta samo za petoro. Uz to, gledala sam da ne stavljam junake iz knjiga (osim Kitten), jer je tesko razluciti koliko su dobri u svojoj filmskoj verziji, a koliki je udeo knjizevnog lika.

    Alan Rikman je fenomenalan kao Snejp, tu zbora nema, ali ruku na srce, on se u filmovima pojavljuje veoma malo. To sto je fantastican lik je vecinom zasluga knjige. Slicno je i sa Gandalfom i Brajoni.

    PS- Dobila sam poruku, ali ne kapiram sta je ono.

  3. Mariana

    Didn’t you like anything about TDK? Really? I mean, minus Gary with moustache and the Joker? I liked the movie, in general and I find that truck scene quite impressive. Still I hate the way Christian Bale talks. lol

    I agree with you. We can’t know if the whole hype was just because of the character or because of Ledger’s death. I don’t see people much excited about “Dr. Pharnasus”…

    I don’t like Juno. I had a bit of a resistance to watch it, because I found the whole thing stupid. But then I watched it and I found that the movie was good, still an Oscar was too much.

    I didn’t watch Breakfast on Pluto.

    I’m not going to say a word about Jack Sparrow. Just looooooove him! Still, we have to think about it… who’s going to like Elisabeth when the actress who plays her is so… urgh! Still… Will is very likable. lol

    Amélie is indeed one of the most interesting characters of the decade. Really, really captivating.

    I would add to that list Tony Stark, specially in Iron Man 2. So… perfect! I always LMAO while watching it.

  4. Mira

    Didn’t you like anything about TDK? Really? I mean, minus Gary with moustache and the Joker? I liked the movie, in general and I find that truck scene quite impressive. Still I hate the way Christian Bale talks. lol

    TDK was fine, I guess, but it wasn’t THAT good. It’s overrated, in my opinion. I’ve watched it relatively late, when the hype was quite strong, so I expected a lot, and all I got was a decent Batman movie. Nothing more, nothing less. Certainly not one of the best movies in history, not even one of the best of the year.

    There was way too many action scenes, which was distracting (just like in Inception). They tend to become repetitive after a while, so I stop caring.

    I agree with you. We can’t know if the whole hype was just because of the character or because of Ledger’s death.

    Well, he was certainly good, and Joker was really memorable (I mean, stepping inside a character that was once portrayed by Jack Nicholson wasn’t an easy task, and he managed to make Joker his own… That’s acting!)

    With Ledger still alive, though, I think the role would open him some new acting opportunities and more serious roles, but the people would not be stuck on Joker so much. It would be seen not as his best role, but merely the one that helped his career.

    I don’t like Juno. I had a bit of a resistance to watch it, because I found the whole thing stupid. But then I watched it and I found that the movie was good, still an Oscar was too much.

    Yes, the Oscar was a bit too much (even the Ellen Page’s nomination, or the movie nomination). But I like Juno as a character. It’s not easy to see a female character that well… Look like me (lol) in movies. Tomboys are always misrepresented in media! ;)

    I didn’t watch Breakfast on Pluto.

    Oh, it’s a wonderful movie, but it’s not for everyone. It has a weird mix of drama, comedy and fantasy, because we basically see the world through Kitten’s eyes… And she is such an unique person with an unique view of the world. Which is one of the best things about the movie.

    But like I said, what I like about her is her optimism and the fact she refuses to see the ugly reality. Some people find this annoyign and distracting, but I think it’s spot on (like I said, my grandmother was more or less like that).

    Another thing why people are not crazy about the film, is that they all loved Neil Jordan’s “The Crying Game”, and thought another story about IRA and transvestites was repetitive. But “Breakfast on Pluto” was nothing like “The Crying Game”, and Kitten was such an unique and wonderful character, so I do think the movie deserves a chance.

    Plus, Cillian Murphy totally kicked ass with this role. He got an award at a Serbian movie festival, so you could say people here really loved the film (even with a significant percentage of homophobes in my country).

    I’m not going to say a word about Jack Sparrow. Just looooooove him!

    Jack Sparrow is amazing, amazing, amazing… They didn’t need to make the sequels, though. It was a bit repetitive. Like he wasn’t trying anymore. It’s not a good thing. I still love the first movie, though.

    Amélie is indeed one of the most interesting characters of the decade. Really, really captivating.

    I love almost everything about this movie. It made a big impact on me and it helped me in the moment I was really lonely and it gave me hope. Definitely my favourite movie of the decade.

    I would add to that list Tony Stark, specially in Iron Man 2. So… perfect! I always LMAO while watching it.

    Robert Downey Jr kick ass, that’s for sure, but I hated Iron Man. I am sorry, but I was almost unable to watch it. I prefer his (House MD like) Sherlock or even Kirk Lazarus to Tony Stark.

  5. Y

    I haven’t seen the movies numbers 1 and 2 starred in, nor have I watch the Pirates o the Caribbean but I definitely agree with having Juno and the Joker in the mix.

    I was never a big Heath Ledger/Batman fan but I though the character was brilliant. Christian Bale, as fine as he looked in the movie, wasn’t enough to grab my attention. Heath most definitely MADE The Dark Knight. I too thought the movie was just being hyped because of Ledger’s death around the release but I was wrong, he was excellent.

    I also loved Juno. She was cute, spunky, and relate-able. Definitely saw some of myself in the character sans the teen pregnancy.

  6. Mira

    I have ambivalent feelings towards new Batman films. I just don’t find them THAT “speshul” as some people claim.

    But Ledger totally stole the show in the Dark Knight. One of the best villains, ever.

    As for Juno, I like her because I can identify with her (not the teen pregnancy, but her character). You don’t often see that kind of females as movie protagonists.

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