Actor Profile: Mia Wasikowska

From Alice in Wonderland to Madame Bovary, Mia Wasikowska is one of the most diverse actresses working in film at the minute.

Released in cinemas today, Wasikowska leads Guillermo del Toro‘s chilling horror, Crimson Peak alongside Jessica Chastain and Tom Hiddleston.

To celebrate the film’s release, here are my top five Mia Wasikowska performances.

5. Maps To The Stars (2014)

Part of me loved this film, but the other part felt like it was trying to mix too many stories together – living with mental illness, the difficulties of being in the public eye, and then there’s an odd ghost story mixed into it. Without this misplaced sub-plot I think I would have really engaged with this drama, but Cronenberg always has to go that bit further. He’s certainly an odd individual, but this is definitely one his most engaging films and it is enjoyable for the best part of it. There’s a really great cast, too, with Wasikowska starring alongside Julianne Moore, John Cusack, and Robert Pattinson, to name a few.

4. Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

Jim Jarmusch knows how to make a vampire film! I loved the real vampiresque style and the mood and the characters themselves are fantastic. Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston are both amazing alongside Wasikowska. And John Hurt! What a fantastic cast.

3. Tracks (2014)

Wasikowska gives another exceptional performance in this true drama about one woman’s trek across the beautiful landscapes of the Australian desert. Whilst the film is probably realistic in terms of the pace and experiences of her journey, it is quite disengaging at times and a little hard to keep interest in between the few, small events.

2. Jane Eyre (2011)

A pleasantly surprising adaptation of a literary classic. The soundtrack and score are beautiful, as is the periodic reconstruction, making the whole aesthetic of this film come together brilliantly. Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender are the reason that this film works so well, however, giving excellent performances and having a fairly strong chemistry that most will find engaging. Whilst the leads relationship wasn’t as strong on-screen as it could have been, the intensity that this film built up made this romantic melodrama quite dark in places and therefore very atmospheric.

1. Stoker (2013)

Chan-wook Park’s English-language debut, Stoker is the perfect thriller in that you know something bad is going to be revealed, but you never know what it is going to do next or where it is going to go. From the premise alone, it’s obvious that there is something very fucked up about these characters and their story, and from Park’s previous work, you know he won’t suppress from showing you just how messed up people can actually be.

The performances are excellent; Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode are as equally phenomenal, and each of their characters has a dark side which are developed brilliantly.

More about Crimson Peak:

When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay: a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak. From the imagination of director Guillermo del Toro comes a supernatural mystery starring Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Charlie Hunnam.

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