From ‘Billy Elliot (I Want to Dance)’ to ‘Dear Wendy’: Jamie Bell’s 10 Best Movies

Since we saw him jumping on a mattress to the rhythm of the immense ‘Cosmic Dancer’ of the essential Marc Bolan in the first seconds of the excellent ‘Billy Elliot (I want to dance)’, Jamie Bell He entered the cinephile memory of millions of viewers through the front door. A total impact that was confirmed throughout a wonderful film in which the very young actor already showed a talent that has not abandoned him several decades later.

Complementing big blockbusters with background and independent work, Bell has built an atypical career path filled with both successes and failures. A route marked by irregularity in which a series of courageous and inspired proposals stand out firmly, to which the actor gave everything he has inside. That is to say, that mixture of fragility and hardness, of childish mystery, of always living on the edge that separates everything from nothing.

Best Jamie Bell Movies

1 ‘Billy Elliot (I want to dance)’

From its first and fantastic first scene, ‘Billy Elliot (I want to dance)’ gives off a magnetic charm that captures you and keeps you in love with its story and characters throughout 111 minutes that pass like a real breath. Stephen Daldry’s best film to date, starring an impressive Jamie Bell in what remains, to this day, the best performance of his career, and with one of those secondary interpretations that leave their mark, the one offered by Julie Walters, it remains an exceptional value at the time of transmitting a vibrant happiness to the viewer.

Packed with brilliant moments, ‘Billy Elliot (I want to dance)’ conquered critics and audiences from its simplicity, surrounded by a wonderful soundtrack that served as a perfect accompaniment to a plot that made the hackneyed message of fulfilling a dream overcoming the difficulties that surround you, sound with the same strength and inspiration as the first day.

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2 ‘Rocketman’

The last great performance of Jamie Bell that we have been lucky enough to enjoy was in the magnificent ‘Rocketman’, one of the most interesting, exciting and satisfying musical biopics of recent years. An achievement that would have been absolutely impossible without the excellent songs of that genius named Elton John, the skill of director Dexter Fletcher and the total dedication of a cast led by an unforgettable Taron Egerton.

And it is in this last area that we should celebrate the splendid performance of Jamie Bell as Bernie Taupin, the inseparable lyricist who has accompanied Elton throughout his career in real life, and whom the British actor endows with a wonderful tenderness and humanity, also generating an explosive chemistry with Egerton that ends up enlarging a movie full of good news.

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3 ‘Movie stars don’t die in Liverpool’
'Movie stars don't die in Liverpool'

The greatest merit of Jamie Bell in the wonderful and vindicable ‘Movie stars don’t die in Liverpool’ is to reach the interpretive height of a Annette Clear full of talent. And we are talking about one of the great actresses of the last decades of Hollywood, so the dimensions of the feat only increase. And it is that, from their first and unforgettable meeting, Bell and Benning manage to generate a chemistry that goes beyond the screen, offering two authentic recitals full of delicacy, romanticism, pain, nostalgia and truth. Much truth. An unforgettable couple who are the soul, the heart, the smile and the tear of a truly admirable film.

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4 Snowpiercer

After once again demonstrating his tremendous talent for dramatic thriller with ‘Mother’, Bong Joon-ho completely changed gears directing ‘Snowpiercer (Snowbreaker)’, a brilliant adaptation of the comic signed by Jean-Marc Rochette and Jacques Loeb. A total immersion in the highly commercially aspirational blockbuster where the filmmaker was accompanied by a five-star cast formado por Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt, Ed Harris or a splendid Jamie Bell, among others.

A display of interpretive talent that was perfectly combined with the elegance in the staging and the visual inventiveness of a filmmaker in full shape so that, far from being small in the face of such a challenge, he launched himself with everything, signing So a fast-paced show full of great moments. A pity that the box office did not accompany with the enthusiasm that the film deserved.

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5 ‘Who is left standing’
'Who is left standing'

‘Who remains standing’ confirmed the entrance to a stage of interpretive maturity of Jamie Bell that could already be sensed in his previous work, the fabulous ‘Movie stars do not die in Liverpool’. However, what was delicacy, charm and romantic fever in Paul McGuigan’s film here it was transformed into a true tour de force marked by impulse, rage, shock, both external and internal, the roar, pain and the cry raised to nothing more devastating. A story of tremendous emotional impact in which Bell gave himself one hundred percent, offering an interpretation that is beyond praise. In this sense, The last minutes of the film deserve a special mention, moments of pure cinema in which the British actor finishes confirming his state of total plenitude. Tremendous.

6 ‘Hallam Foe’
'Hallam Foe'

In ‘Hallam Foe’, notable adaptation of the homonymous novel by Peter Jinks directed by David Mackenzie (‘Comanchería’, ‘Convicto (Starred Up)’), we found the most inspired interpretation of Jamie Bell since ‘Billy Elliot (I Want to Dance)’, released seven years earlier. And that, on this occasion, the young actor was faced with a character that was a challenge from the dramatic point of view since, from the very beginning of the story, he has been immersed in a set of situations that go from the comical to disturbing, passing through desolation, frustration, rage and the charm of first loves. A roller coaster of sensations that Bell conquers from absolute talent, building a truly impressive work.

7 ‘The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn’
'The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn'

In this adventure of pirate ships, hidden treasures and clumsy pickpockets, we can find some of the most dazzling scenes of Steven Spielberg’s entire career, reaching its peak that sequence shot through the streets of Baggar that deserves all the applause and justifies, long , your viewing. The director, despite not getting a response from the box office as enthusiastic as he deserved, invoiced a job whose visual finish reached excellence without any problem, with the invaluable help of a dedicated cast who used all their charisma and energy to convert these unforgettable characters into wonderful cinematographic protagonists. In this sense, It is worth noting Jamie Bell’s infectious enthusiasm as Tintin, perfect in nuances, charm and freshness.

But, beyond its impeccable technical and interpretive aspects, the best thing about this cinematic Tintin is their sense of adventure, the search for mass entertainment, general enjoyment, telling a story without allowing a second of rest to some viewers, young and old, that we can do nothing more than let ourselves be carried away by a film full of glorious moments and that also represents the definitive communion between the most classic side of the genre and the most current technology. Age does not matter. In ‘The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn’ there is enjoyment for everyone.

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8 ‘Retreat (Isolated)’
'Retreat (Isolated)'

Eclipsed in its release year by the other three (!) Films in which Jambie Bell participated in 2011, that is, the wonderful ‘The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn’ and ‘Jane Eyre’ and the more than failed ‘The legion of the eagle’, ‘Retreat (Isolated)’ justly deserves to appear in this special. Mainly because, despite not having the resources of the rest of the cited tapes, this proposal directed by Carl Tibbetts perfectly fulfilled the objective of intriguing the viewer from start to finish, transmitting with the minimum elements a tension as suffocating as it is effective that it ended up exploding in a memorable denouement. A set of successes in which the interpretive expertise of the main trident formed by Cillian Murphy, Thandie Newton and a Jamie Bell who surprised in a much darker and more violent side. All in all, a great little movie. Highly recommended.

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9 ‘Deathwatch’

Two years after winning critics and audiences with ‘Billy Elliot (I Want to Dance)’, Jamie Bell returned to the charts twice with ‘The Legend of Nicholas Nickleby’, an adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel as correct as it is bland, and ‘Deathwatch’, an amazing war tape with horror and fantasy overtones that performed enviable on several levels. From its prologue, vibrant, dirty and suffocating, to a final stretch of vertigo full of unexpected twists, the film written and directed by MJ Bassett managed to keep the audience in suspense thanks to a story full of shocking scenes and a perfectly balanced cast in the presence and intensity. A set of actors in which Bell brought his characteristic angelic face, which generated an even more powerful effect when surrounded by barbarism, death and blood.. An interpretation and film to discover.

10 ‘Dear Wendy’
'Dear Wendy'

The same year that we saw him in secondary key in Peter Jackson’s impressive and underrated ‘King Kong’, Jamie Bell premiered ‘Kidnapped: A Kidnapping Story’ and ‘Dear Wendy’, two much more austere and simple proposals that served to check the versatility of an actor who seemed to be in the prime of his career.

Regarding the film by Thomas Vinterberg, the filmmaker responsible for such magnificent works as ‘Celebration’ and ‘The Hunt’, among others, Bell immersed himself in a territory as surprising as it was exhilarating in which the essence of the western stamp Peckinpah it was perfectly combined with a story marked by one of the most extreme, violent and devastating leaps to maturity ever seen on a screen. A proposal that surpassed a good number of limits until reaching the grandeur of the most daring and courageous cinema. A film that does not accept halftones, just the same as with Bell’s masterful performance, one of the most complete of his entire career.

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Therefore, and although we miss a greater number of truly memorable films considering their potential, Jamie Bell has managed to survive in an industry with a desire for unforeseen expiration through work, work and more work. The feeling, in short, is that that indescribable spell that arose when we saw the actor flying in his room while the sound of ‘I was dancing when I was twelve’ was still intact in the audience …


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From ‘Billy Elliot (I Want to Dance)’ to ‘Dear Wendy’: Jamie Bell’s 10 Best Movies