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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

May 31, 2012 at 11:13 AM

The year’s best villains (so far)

Turns out that there is a reason (beyond Colleen Atwood’s costumes) to watch “Snow White and the Huntsman,” and that reason is Charlize Theron’s Evil Queen, who struts around eating dead birds and grinning in a way that could freeze a hot toddy. She’s thoroughly wicked (way more so than Julia Roberts’ Evil Queen in “Mirror Mirror,” who just seemed kind of irritable) and a lot of fun to watch. And she made me think about some of the other enjoyable villains we’ve seen so far this year:
— Loki (Tom Hiddleston), in “The Avengers,” all Gothic-ly evil. “KNEEL BEFORE ME!” No, thanks.
— Angelique (Eva Green), in “Dark Shadows.” After I used the word “ravenous” to describe her in my review of the movie, a reader called to tell me that I meant to say “ravishing.” No, I didn’t. She always looks like she’s starving, and like she might just take a bite out of you if you’re not careful.
— Kevin (Ezra Miller), the calmly amoral teen in “We Need To Talk About Kevin.” I’m shivering just thinking about him.
— The ghost, whoever she was, in “The Woman in Black.” Not entirely a villain, but scary as hell. Nothing quite like a ghost in a veil.
— The villain in “The Raven,” who I can’t name because we don’t know who he is until the end of the movie, but who has some very, very nasty habits.
— Woody Harrelson as a very bad cop in “Rampart“; a man utterly at peace with his own lack of morality. (To be fair, he does have a very impressive talent: he can throw two lit cigarettes into his mouth, simultaneously.)
— Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) in “The Hunger Games.” For the makeup alone.
And that’s just the first five months of this year, with more villains on the way. (Do you think Anne Hathway in “The Dark Knight Rises” will make us forget Michelle Pfeiffer?) Got a favorite movie villain?
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Scary! (Photo by Murray Close; courtesy of Lionsgate.)

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