I heart Paul Bettany…
Ever since I first saw him as the crazily articulate Geoffry Chaucer in A Knight’s Tale I was always charmed by his beguiling smile and formidable acting chops. I thought that his roles were heartfelt and had depth and realism and I looked forward to watching every movie he was in. Which is why, I automatically wanted to watch Legion when I first saw the trailer.
The story is about the end of the world. The apocalypse has come and God has lost faith in mankind. He sends his angels to eradicate the human race. Archangel Michael (Bettany), however, still believes in mankind and cuts of his wings to help them fight for another chance.
While the movie itself was probably not one my favorite movies of all time (and I still like God’s Army better of the two angel movies) I thought Paul Bettany was exceptional! His straight-faced, dramatic portrayal of the conflicted angel Michael was believable and real and gave the movie the anchor it needed as the plot was kind of all over the place. Complemented nicely by Dennis Quaid and a rather good cast I thought the movie could be so much better if they had added a bit more cohesion and direction to the plot. Overall though, I still recommend people to see it to appreciate Bettany’s work. He continues to amaze me with every performance.
Some of my favorite Paul Bettany characters include:
Among many others. I have yet to see his portrayal of Charles Darwin but I am looking forward to it as well. Simply put, I think he is brilliant and he ranks up there with my other favorites like Johnny Depp and Heath Ledger!