This week sees the release of the final entry in The Hunger Games franchise – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. The franchise has cemented Lawrence as one of the best actresses on the planet today and comparisons with Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley are just.
Lawrence has always managed to shine off the screen as well with the 25 year old running the Jennifer Lawrence foundation, a charity which supports several courses including the special olympics and Do Something.
Lawrence has proven that she is much than just a franchise player though and has a fine body of work outside of The Hunger Games. To celebrate the release of Mockingjay Part 2 we are going to take a look at six of Lawrence’s best performances in her work outside of The Hunger Games.
House at the End of the Street
It takes a real talent to give out a brilliant performance in a terrible movie but that’s exactly what Jennifer Lawrence managed to do in the 2012 horror movie House at the End of the Street.
In the movie Lawrence plays Elisa, who has just moved into a new home with her newly divorced mother Sarah. Upon moving into their new neighbourhood they discover that the titular house at the end of the street was the scene of a brutal double murder. Elisa, through a series of contrivances ends up in a relationship with the brother of the alleged murderer and the movie continues from there.
Whilst having a few ideas up its sleeve the film lacks any real scares and would be a complete disaster without Lawrence who despite being lumbered with a clunky script still manages to give a solid performance. The film also confirmed Lawrence’s status as a box office darling, going straight to the top of the box office despite receiving negative reviews.
X-Men Days of Future Past
Lawrence made her X-men debut in the first of the rebooted trilogy, X-Men First Class, but it was the sequel, directed by Brian Singer where she really had the chance to shine. Lawrence’s Mystique is a lost soul. She believes the only way she can save the mutant race is by killing scientist Bolivar Task, played by Peter Dinklage, despite the fact that it will bring years of destruction upon her species.
Days of Future Past is the film where we see start to see the transformation of Mystique into the villain we know in the later movies. Lawrence’s ability to play a conflicted character are allowed to shine here allowing her to add a real pathos to both the movie and the franchise.
Silver Linings Playbook
The role that won Jennifer Lawrence her first Academy Award and also her first collaboration with David O Russell, whom she will be working with for the third time later this year in the upcoming Joy – once again being tipped for Oscar glory.
Lawrence takes on the role of Tiffany, a young widow who is suffering from depression who meets Bradley Cooper’s Pat, who suffers from Bipolar disorder. Walking a tough, often tortuous road, the two bond and eventually fall in love.
The film earned both Lawrence and Cooper Academy Award nominations and made critical darlings of them both. The film gave Lawrence a chance to show a multitude of layers and this was only a sign of some of the quality we would receive in the coming years.