Poor Hillary Swank. I do not envy anyone that might have to follow Amy Adams’ remarkable performance as Amelia Earhart in Night at the Museum II (seriously). It might have been a comedic performance for little kids, but goddamn it was good. Not good enough to make the movie worth seeing, of course, but definitely worthy of a nice highlight reel.
Hillary Swank will be playing Amelia Earhart in a biopic of her life directed by Mia Nair. I like Nair — The Namesake was fairly good, and Monsoon Wedding was outstanding. But Amelia looks a little like a Bollywood film with American actors. Everyone in it looks like they’re trying too hard to pull off the actressin’ performance of a lifetime. It’s just two minutes of evidence, but it feels way overcooked. Richard Gere is pulling the loud whisper. Swank is shoving it down your throat. And even Ewan McGregor seems to be trying too hard to play it up for the Academy (and with 10 slots now, who knows?). It just feels really strained. What’s remarkable is that Amy Adams’ performance was 47 times more exaggerated, but it’s Swank’s performance that doesn’t feel natural. She needs to tone that shit down.
Here it is. Stick a fork in it: