Friday, May 27, 2016

The U.T.C.: Kirsten Dunst


Even though Kirsten Dunst has become famous for her work as Mary Jane in the Spider-Man trilogy and for her starring role in Bring It On, sometimes I feel that people forget that she is an incredible actress capable of so much more.

She made quite a breakthrough in 1994 with both Little Women and Interview With The Vampire. Haven't seen the former, but in the latter, she delivers Oscar-worthy work. As the sinister vampire Claudia, Dunst had the difficult task of playing an adult stuck in a child's body and she really pulled it off. Dianne Wiest swept the awards circuit in the Supporting Actress category for Bullets Over Broadway. But Dunst likely would've given her some competition.

She has also become a muse for Sofia Coppola  with The Virgin Suicides, Marie Antoinette, and the upcoming The Beguiled while continuing to stick her foot in the indieverse with films like Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and All Good Things. 

But the biggest snub in her career has to be her performance in Melancholia. Even if it is a very un-AMPAS movie, I'm sure Lars Von Trier's Nazi joke at Cannes added insult to injury despite the critics coming to Dunst's aide: The National Society of Film Critics, Los Angeles Film Critics Association (runner-up), and the Kansas City Film Critics Circle. Also, she won Best Actress at Cannes. 

She has enjoyed a minor resurgence, though, with the second season of Fargo, having garnered a Golden Globe nod, a Critics Choice win, and possibly an Emmy nod. She also recently starred in Midnight Special which didn't give her a whole lot work with but she still left a good impression when she was on screen. On the horizon is Hidden Figures alongside Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer and the film Woodshock which got picked up by A24 Films. This year's Room, perhaps?