(Written for Filmoria)
From a foul-mouthed, kick-ass superhero to a fresh-faced, telekinetic Carrie White, Chloe Grace Moretz has been acting since the age of 7, winning an impressive total of 15 various young talent awards over her eight years on the silver screen.
With her first two appearances in two episodes of the TV series The Guardian (2001), her first movie role was in Heart of the Beholder (2005), but it wasn’t her later performance in The Amityville Horror (2005) remake that she earned some greater recognition.
Since then, Moretz has worked with the likes of Martin Scorsese in 2011’s Hugo, was the voice of the Darby in the popular children’s animated TV series My Friends Tigger & Pooh, and has had a number of recurring TV roles including Kiki George in Dirty Sexy Money and Sherri Maltby in Desperate Housewives.
With her latest film, If I Stay, based on Gayle Forman’s 2009 young adult novel, set to be released on 29th August, we’re going to take a look at five of Moretz’s best performances and roles.
5. Carrie (2013)
One of Moretz’s most recent roles, and one that saw her return to the horror genre that made her famous, was in Kimberly Peirce’s remake of the classic horror, Carrie. Many of us dreaded the remake having loved Brian De Palma’s 1976 original based on Stephen King’s novel, but with Moretz in the lead it wasn’t all that bad. I can’t help but think she was far too pretty for the role, but I suppose that’s never a bad thing. The film was a perfect example of how well remake can be done, and how enjoyable one can be if you haven’t seen the original, but the De Palma’s film was still too much to live up to. Pierce’s version was a lot more American teen high school than psychotic scare-fest, but Moretz suited the modernised remake perfectly.
4. 500 Days of Summer (2009)
The film that brought my attention to Moretz was Marc Webb’s rom-com 500 Days of Summer, which stars Zooey Deschanel as a woman who doesn’t believe in true love, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the young man who falls for her. A favourite of mine, Moretz plays Gordon-Levitt’s young sister who consoles him with vodka in times of need and tells him to stop being a pussy when he cries to her for advice. It’s a brilliant character, and one that first introduced us to Moretz love of bad language.
3. The Amityville Horror (2005)
Moretz’s first stand-out performance was in Andrew Douglas’ remake of another classic horror, The Amityville Horror, which she was nominated the Young Artist Award for. Moretz was only 8 years old when filming this film, and despite how difficult it is for young stars to give believable performances in such horror films, she did a brilliant job. For me, this is one of the most memorable performances over the past decade from a young actor in such a film, because it really is that hard to get right when trying to come across as convincing and serious enough. This is yet another performance from Moretz where she sets the standard high.
2. Kick-Ass (2010)
And where would we be without mentioning Moretz’s performance as Hit-Girl in Matthew Vaughn’s superhero action film, Kick-Ass? This is the role that Moretz is most well-known for, and there’s no surprise there. Kick-Ass isn’t a film that I particularly enjoyed, but there’s no denying Moretz’s ass-kicking ability. And that’s why you’ve got to love her.
1. Let Me In (2010)
To finish things off, my personal favourite role from Moretz is in Matt Reeves’ remake of the Swedish horror, Let The Right One In, which is in turn based on the 2004 novel of the same name by John Ajvide Lindqvist. Like the Carrie remake, this is another example of how remakes can be done right, but Let Me In is a much better stand-alone film and horror in general. Starring alongside Kodi Smit-McPhee and Richard Jenkins, Moretz stars as a vulnerable young vampire, as Reeves perfectly combines horror with romance, mystery, and drama. Horror certainly seems to be the genre Moretz is most comfortable in, but over the years she has undoubtedly shown an awful lot of diversity in her acting, and things are only going to keep going up.
If I Stay follows Chloe Grace Moretz’s lead character Mia Hall, whose life changes in an instant after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether or not to wake up and live a life far different from what she had imagined. Watch the trailer below.