Daniel Radcliffe was constantly looking for opportunities beyond the shadow of Harry Potter. Let’s see 5 best movies of Daniel Radcliffe besides Harry Potter.
1. The Woman in Black
The Woman in Black based on the 1983 novel by Susan Hill, revolved around the story of a widowed lawyer Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe). He was sent to the east coast town in Crythin Gifford to accomplish the assignment for Ms. Alice Drablow (Alisa Khazanova, Eve Pearce). Arthur began to explore the bizarre stories occurring in the town there. It revealed a curse that had become a horror to the people in that place for many years.
The movie, produced by Hammer Films and choreographed by James Watkins, had a British Gothic style with contrasting colors and dark ambiance. The images of death, supernatural forces, and curses created an obsession without using gore or jump-scare too much.
This was the first film he participated in since the end of Harry Potter 7. His image was more mature. However, because viewers were too familiar with his childlike features in Harry Potter, this new image was still quite strange. The acting was still similar to the image of Harry Potter. Although he was unable to escape the silhouette of the role that had followed him for 10 years, his innovation efforts in The Woman In Black got many recognition of audiences and critics.
The movie was a combination of many different genres including humor, horror, love, hatred, and religion. Regarding Radcliffe, the actor received positive reviews when he fully portrayed Ig’s depth and emotions. Radcliffe also shared that he enjoyed this role very much after reading the script. Director Alexander Aja, after contacting with Radcliffe, appreciated his honesty and commented that he was not like dozens of mediocre actors who were rising. Although he could not leave the imprint after Horns, the role of Ig had supported Radcliffe to continue trying and striving more in the future.
3. Kill Your Darlings
This was a film that showed a new perspective in Radcliffe’s acting as he played the role of a freshman who immersed in the passion for gay love with Lucien Carr. This role surprised audiences at the Sundance film festival with its bold and different image of Daniel. Compared to Ig in Horns, Ginsberg required deep acting ability with a strong and mature personality of the character.
Although he had tried hard, it seemed that Radcliffe’s effort was not enough. His acting was still drowned when standing next to excellent Dane DeHaan and experienced Jack Huston. However, he still received positive feedback from the audience because of his continuous improvement.
4. Swiss Army Man
After a lot of effort but Harry Potter’s image had not really disappeared in Daniel Radcliffe, it was finally paid off by the debut of Jungle. Built on the true story Jungle: A Harrowing True Story of Survival by Yossi Ghinsberg, the film was about an Israeli man who was tired of urban life. So he left his family to find adventures and meaningful life.
Radcliffe’s character appeared unimpressively at first. But it left bold marks later. There was no longer a young boy Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, no longer a weird Ig in the Horns, or a cringy corpse in Swiss Army Man. Daniel completely transformed from the image of the boy to a mature man who was fighting for life in the most extraordinary way every hour and minute. Jungle deserved a turning point in Daniel Radcliffe’s acting career.
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